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November 18, 2013

Hazel Park High volleyball wins district title

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Hazel Park High volleyball wins district title
Hazel Park High’s Micah Unternahrer sends a pass in a Class B regional semifinal Nov. 12 against Detroit University Prep. The Vikings won in three games.

WARREN — It’s been a season of redemption for the Hazel Park High volleyball team.

With a Class B district championship already in tow, the Vikings went on to beat Detroit University Prep in three games in a regional semifinal Nov. 12 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Hazel Park then took on the host team, which is ranked No. 1 in the state, Nov. 14 after press time. See next week’s paper and our website at can dgnews.com for more on the regional final.

Regardless of the outcome, Hazel Park has already achieved the goal that is had marked on its calendar since the final point of last season.

The Vikings beat Ferndale High 25-12, 25-12, 25-22 Nov. 8 at Warren Fitzgerald for the district championship.

“This was the goal from last year,” Hazel Park coach Sue Stuef, noting that her team fell in the district title match last season. “We just kept on remembering that and made it our goal to come back and win this thing. They really stepped up.”

Last year, Fitzgerald knocked the Vikings out in the final. Hazel Park avenged that defeat in the opening round of the district, beating the Spartans in four games.

“We knew that was the one to get by,” Stuef said.

Next up win a win over Ferndale University in three games in the semifinal.

“It felt unreal to finally have it happen,” Stephanie Toma said of the district title. “We’ve waited all season for this.”

“We just thought back to last season, and watching (Fitzgerald players) get their medals made us want it all year,” Mackenzie McClellan added.

Stuef said with nine seniors on the roster, experience played a major fact in this year’s run.

“I’m an elementary school teacher, so I’ve known some of them since back then,” she said. “Watching them grow up and this experience has been awesome with them.”

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