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September 4, 2013

East Detroit volleyball coach teaching aggression

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The East Detroit volleyball team returns seven players from a team that finished second in the MAC Bronze in 2012. Pictured is Shamrocks senior Natalie Sobczak during the 2013 Macomb County Kickoff Classic, played Aug. 23 at the Blue Water Sports Center in Warren.

EASTPOINTE — First-year East Detroit High volleyball coach Krysta Kreyger said the players on the Shamrocks’ squad so far have shown they’re eager to learn and want to get better each time on the court.

Kreyger, who also coaches East Detroit’s girls basketball team, said their efforts are starting to show and that the team is starting to get noticeably better in different areas.

“We’re learning to be more aggressive with offensive attacks, and our goal on defense is to be scrappy,” said Kreyger, who takes over a team that went 7-13 in 2012, including a solid 6-4 mark in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division.

The Shamrocks (0-1 at press time) will work toward playing a more up-tempo style of offense, according to Kreyger. She said it would take a team effort to get the new approach down, since it calls for stronger passing and setting, and not just attacking, Kreyger said.

Kreyger said East Detroit would utilize a variety of lineups for its middle and outside hitters. Junior Victoria Grimes — the team captain — seems to be the key, as she will play either outside or middle hitter depending on the situation, according to Kreyger.

Grimes is one of seven returning players from last year’s team. She will be looked upon for solid contributions, along with seniors Natalie Sobczak, Kiara Melson and Tiffany Wilson; juniors Brianne Hall, Daniella Marsee and Grimes; and sophomore Breeshauna Bester.

The Shamrocks last won a division title in 2009, going 7-3 in MAC Silver play. Kreyger said she is looking for the team to battle each time out.

“I think we will be competitive in the league,” Kreyger said, “but we have so much to work on. I expect us to improve every week.”

East Detroit next plays in a 12-team invitational tournament, set for 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at St. Clair Shores Lakeview.

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