MAC names top volleyball players and coaches

By: Timothy Pontzer | C&G Newspapers | Published November 30, 2017

 Clinton Township Clintondale’s Princess Johnson readies to bump the ball during a regular-season match against Warren Lincoln. Johnson has earned All-League honors in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division.

Clinton Township Clintondale’s Princess Johnson readies to bump the ball during a regular-season match against Warren Lincoln. Johnson has earned All-League honors in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division.

Photo by Donna Agusti

A mild fall showcased another Macomb Area Conference volleyball season with many local squads seeing success. Here’s a look at how the teams fared on the floor and the players and coaches who were honored by the league.

 

MAC Red
Macomb Dakota took the division with a 9-1 mark. New Baltimore Anchor Bay was the runner-up with an 8-2 finish, followed by Utica Eisenhower at 6-4, Marysville High (5-5), and Grosse Pointe North and Romeo High both at 1-9.

Anchor Bay’s Maria Mallon was named MVP, and Dakota’s Tracie Ferguson was bestowed with the Coach of the Year honor. The Sportsmanship Award was given to Romeo.

All-League honors went to Mallon, Nicole Golder and Khloee Stoll, Anchor Bay; Hailey Barden and Marissa Durand, Eisenhower; Kamryn Duffield, Romeo; Abby Kanakry, GPN; Anastasia Savich, Lacey Juengel and Emily Stewart, Dakota; and Hannah Delor, Marysville.

 

MAC White
Port Huron Northern topped the league with a 9-1 record. Sterling Heights Stevenson and Macomb L’Anse Creuse North were tied for second place with a 7-3 mark. Grosse Pointe South notched a 5-5 finish, followed by Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse at 2-8 and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley at 0-10.

Northern’s Halle Shell took MVP honors while her coach, Michelle McCulloch, was named Coach of the Year. Stevenson garnered the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League accolades were given to Shell, Sami Klink and Cassidy Schott, Northern; Venesa Husar, Skylee Lawbach and Alexis Kopicki, Stevenson; Delaney Smith, L’Anse Creuse; Asia Kue, Chippewa Valley; Charlotte Brecht, South; and Delaney Nichols and Tori Conklin, LCN.

 

MAC Blue
Fraser High went undefeated in the division, posting a 10-0 record. Utica High was the runner-up with an 8-2 mark, followed by Utica Ford II at 6-4, Port Huron High (3-7), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (2-8) and Sterling Heights High (1-9).

Ivy Boggia helped lead the Ramblers to the perfect streak, garnering the MVP award for her efforts. Her coach, Kim Argiri-Slone, took home Coach of the Year. The Sportsmanship Award was given to Sterling Heights.

All-League awards were earned by Boggia, Shelby Budnick and Amanda VanJaarsveld, Fraser; Clare Feeman, Mone Knowles and Abby Rissman, Utica; Amanda Pollock, Ford; Jaclyn Dietz, Lake Shore; and Juliana Amey and Tatyana Hardwick, Sterling Heights.

 

MAC Gold
Warren Woods Tower put together a perfect league season, finishing at 10-0. Warren Cousino, St. Clair High and St. Clair Shores Lakeview all posted identical 5-5 records. Marine City High followed at 4-6, and Warren Mott was 1-9.

Tower swept the top two awards, as Samantha Blalock was named MVP and Aaron Nitz was Coach of the Year. St. Clair earned the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League awards were handed to Blalock, Kiley Nitz and Taylor Diamond, Tower; Caitlyn Lee, Olivia Jolliffe and Kristyana Barnhill, Cousino; Brenna Johnson and Jes Bohm, St. Clair; Grace Allur, Lakeview; Stephanie Abraham, Marine City; and Kayla Saffold, Mott.

 

MAC Silver
Continuing the trend of undefeated league champions, Madison Heights Lamphere followed suit at 10-0. Clawson High and Roseville High tied for second, with each finishing at 7-3. Center Line High and St. Clair Shores South Lake followed, both finishing at 3-7, and Eastpointe High was 0-9.

Roseville’s Jo’el Stump was MVP, and Lamphere’s Patty Waidknecht was Coach of the Year. The Sportsmanship Award went to South Lake.

All-League honorees were Brenna Murphy, Alexis Wark and Destiny Carr, Lamphere; Hanna Hernadez, South Lake; Camryn Gibbs, Center Line; Jackie Hauser and Layla Clingman, Clawson; Stump, Natalie Terry-Martin and Maia Newberry, Roseville; and Mackenzie Aiello, Eastpointe.

 

MAC Bronze
New Haven High finished at 8-0 to be the Bronze’s best. Warren Lincoln, Warren Fitzgerald and Clinton Township Clintondale all tied at 4-4. Madison Heights Madison went 0-8.

New Haven’s Kira Baade earned MVP while her coach, Liz Baade, was Coach of the Year. The Sportsmanship Award was given to Lincoln.

All-League accolades went to Baade, Raychael Banks and Lexie Wasmund, New Haven; Jazmine Smith and Madison MacKinnon, Lincoln; Carolyn Lee and Serina Daughtry, Fitzgerald; and Princess Johnson, Clintondale.