St. Clair ShoresNovember 12, 2013
Lakeview captures first division title in seven years, falls in district quarters
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer
ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball coach Becky Quinn said she and her team set a goal to win the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division at the outset of the season.
The Huskies achieved that goal, bringing the program its first league title since 2006.
“I’m extremely proud that we met that goal this year, and we will continue to make (winning division titles) a goal, as well as establishing new goals each year,” said Quinn, who also led the Lakeview softball team to a league title this past spring.
Lakeview wasn’t able to build on that division title, however, falling 3-0 to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in a Class A district quarterfinal played Nov. 4 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.
Lakeview ends the season at 9-3, including a 9-1 mark in the MAC Silver.
“They played a hard-fought match (against Chippewa Valley in the district round), and they have no reason to hang their heads,” Quinn said. “They should be very proud about the way they played. Chippewa Valley is two divisions above us in the MAC, and we stayed with them all three games.”
The division title comes after a string of lean years for the Huskies’ volleyball program.
In the seven years between league titles, Lakeview finished at or near the bottom of its division four times. The Huskies finished third in league play twice — in 2008 and 2012.
“I believe the overall atmosphere of the program is shifting,” Quinn said. “We are really pushing for disciplined volleyball and playing smarter on the court. The girls are more focused and know that our coaching staff as a whole … isn’t going to settle for anything from the girls than them giving their best.”
Giving their best included taking two from Madison Heights Lamphere, which the Huskies beat out to win the MAC Silver by one match. Quinn said her team was focused on knocking off the Rams, which won the MAC Silver in 2011 and 2012.
“Beating them twice and beating them to win the division outright was big for us,” Quinn said.
Lakeview will lose six players to graduation, including senior captains Megan Haas and Becky Corbett, who stepped into larger roles as libero (Corbett) and middle hitter (Haas). The Huskies should return seven players from the division champion, Quinn said, including sophomore outside hitter Terese Feldpausch and junior defensive specialist Keiley Phillips.
Quinn also touted the return of junior Hannah Belloli, sophomore Sydney Suede and freshman Brooklyn Misko.
“Yes, we lose six seniors, but we’ll return seven solid players,” Quinn said. “We will have Phillips as our libero. Feldpausch and (sophomore) Claire Flood were big hitters for us, and we’ll have one of our key setters (sophomore Emily Haas) back, too, so we’ll look to improve on this season.”
Local volleyball teams bow out in district round
St. Clair Shores South Lake saw its season end in a 3-0 loss to Center Line in a Class B district final played Nov. 7 at Center Line.
The Cavaliers end the season at 10-10.
In advancing to the district final, the Cavaliers downed Warren Lincoln 3-0 in a district semi played Nov. 6 at Center Line High. South Lake bested Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 3-1 in a quarterfinal.
The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball team fell 3-0 to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in a district semifinal played Nov. 6 at Lake Shore. The Shorians received a bye through the district quarterfinal round. Lake Shore ends the season at 21-9-4.