Local volleyball teams fall in district play

Eisenhower, Utica upended by Romeo High

By: Thomas Franz | Shelby - Utica News | Published November 13, 2013

 Eisenhower senior Emily Rizzi prepares for a serve against Utica in a match earlier this year.

Eisenhower senior Emily Rizzi prepares for a serve against Utica in a match earlier this year.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

UTICA — In a pairing of MAC regular-season division champions, Utica Eisenhower lost to Romeo in a district final on Nov. 7. Romeo won in straight games 25-21, 25-17 and 25-22.

Eisenhower closed its season with a 38-8 record while winning the MAC Blue with a 10-0 league record. Romeo won the MAC White Division and improved its record to 42-7-4 overall.

“Our girls definitely showed up to play and gave it their all. We left everything on the court. We couldn’t seem to get the edge to keep the momentum. It was our most intense game this season, and we just fell a little short. I am very proud of this team. My heart goes out to them; we all really wanted it,” Eisenhower coach Caitlin Maloney said.

Hailee Seifert led the Eagles with 36 attacks, 12 kills and four digs. Victoria Genna added 15 attacks, six kills and three blocks. Darian Elson chipped in 11 attacks, four kills and three blocks. Taylor Stewart had 24 assists, 16 attacks and five kills, and Emily Rizzi finished with 26 digs.

Eisenhower had six seniors this season: Rizzi, Seifert, Genna, Rachel Wojcik, Sydney Michalik and Megan Piper.

Utica falls to Romeo, as well
Utica fell in the district semifinals to Romeo 25-18, 25-19 and 25-11. The Chieftains closed the year with a 14-19-2 record, with a 5-5 record in MAC Blue play. Utica saw a dramatic improvement this season following a winless season in league play in 2012 while winning two matches overall.

In the Romeo contest, Jessica Lodge led Utica with 10 kills, three digs and two blocks, while Erika Himmel contributed four digs and three kills. Jazzy Castillo had 19 assists, and Natalie Suchoski finished with 10 digs.

Utica will be graduating four seniors this year: Alex Wisniewski, Erika Himmel, Natalie Harms and Leanna Bolde.