Lake Shore volleyball learning on the go

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 9, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Growing pains have played a factor for St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball as it competes in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division for a second straight year.

“It’s a tough division, but I feel like we are making progress as we get further into the season,” coach Margaret Kwapisz said. 

The Shorians have had to deal with inexperience issues throughout the year. The majority of the players are first-time varsity members.

“I only have four returning players on this year’s team, and we’re working with two new setters,” Kwapisz said. 

Captains Daisie Shelton and Jaclyn Dietz, along with Kara Wolfbauer and Mackenzie Maison, are players who have really stepped up this year, according to the coach.

The team has continued to place an emphasis on getting the ball to the setters, which is where Kwapisz believes the team truly struggled in the beginning. 

But they have also continued to focus on some of the main goals for the team, such as working together and better communication, along with focusing more on the future.

“I am trying to get them to look past the win-loss record and focus on the improvements we are making as a team,” Kwapisz said. 

The Shorians were 5-13-2 overall and 1-4 in the MAC Blue at press time. They have continued to make improvements, and the hope is that it will show in the form of more success in the second half of the season.

“We have really concentrated on cleaning up the serving errors we have made, and that has really paid off,” Kwapisz said. “Hopefully, we are getting a little better both physically and mentally as we go along.”

The team hopes to make a strong showing in districts, as the state playoffs are set to begin on Oct. 30.