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Oakland Township, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills

November 13, 2013

Local volleyball squads find varying success in district action

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Rochester Hills Stoney Creek’s Alexa Tomlak prepares to send a pass to Natalie Gotko in a match earlier this season. The Cougars lost to the eventual district champ Clarkston High in the opening round of the playoffs.

Local volleyball squads found mixed success on the court at the district level.

In Class B, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep continued its dominating way, beating Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day and Clawson High all in three games on the way to the district title.

The championship is the Fighting Irish’s seventh straight and 16th in the school’s 20-year history.

Prep also won its 57th match of the season when it beat Cranbrook for the title Nov. 7, which broke a school record.

The Fighting Irish played Center Line in a regional semifinal after press time. The winner takes on Hazel Park High or Detroit University Prep at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Prep.

In Class C, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian also won a title, beating Mount Clemens High in three games in the final Nov. 8 at Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest.

The Lancers played Brown City High in a regional semifinal after press time. The winner takes on Royal Oak Shrine or Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

The host lost to Oakland Christian in three games Nov. 4 in the opener.

In Class A, Auburn Hills Avondale lost to Troy Athens in the district final Nov. 8 at Athens.

The Yellow Jackets fell in four games to bring their season to a close.

Coach Rosemary Motamedi said this was the school’s second time ever in a district final. During the regular season, Avondale won the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Rochester High, Rochester Adams and Lake Orion High all lost in the district at Clarkston High, where the host won the title.

Clarkston beat Stoney Creek in four games Nov. 4 in the district opener.

“We really focused on controlling our side of the court and attacking smart. I thought we had a really strong start in each of the sets, but we just struggled to finish,” Stoney Creek coach Mandy Moran said. “I thought we played tough. There were some truly great rallies in the match. Clarkston was just able to finish strong in each set, and that’s what it comes down to at the end of the day.”

The Cougars say goodbye to six seniors who were part of a program that won the OAA Blue two seasons ago and the White last year. Stoney Creek competed in the Red this season.

“They have been instrumental in building this program over the last few years,” Moran said. “They knew a lot was expected out of them, and I couldn’t be more proud. They will truly be missed next year.”

Lake Orion also lost to Clarkston in four games. The defeat came in a semifinal after the Dragons drew a first-round bye.

Rochester lost to Oxford High in four games in its district opener Nov. 4, and Adams fell to the Oxford in a semifinal in three games Nov. 6 after a bye in the first round.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.