Mason pulls upset, will play SMCC for district title

SAND CREEK – Kim Rector may not be able to get out of this job.

Erie graduate Mason spent nine years as the junior varsity volleyball coach at her alma mater, then another nine years as the varsity coach.

Photo gallery:Erie Mason vs. Blissfield Volleyball

She took four years off before returning to coach the eighth-grade team with Brenda Radabaugh seven years ago.

She was perfectly happy in that role, but the Eagles needed someone to step into the role of interim varsity coach a few weeks ago.

She and Radabaugh agreed to fill in alongside junior varsity coach Molly Miller.

Erie Mason's Cami Zaleski serves the ball during a 25-23, 16-25, 15-25, 25-23, 18-16 win over Blissfield in the Division 3 District semifinals at Sand Creek on Thursday.  The Eagles will play St.  Mary Catholic Central in the finals on Saturday.

That coaching trio made some magic Thursday night as the Eagles rallied to upset Blissfield, the sixth-ranked team in the state, 25-23, 16-25, 15-25, 25-23, 18-16 in the Division 3 semifinals , area in Sand Creek.

“That’s what they tell me,” Rector said with a laugh when asked if he would return as a full-time coach next season. “But I’m ready to retire after 30 years of teaching.”

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