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November 8, 2012

Berkley and Ferndale ready for postseason

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Berkley High volleyball team was all smiles in their Class A district, winning the tournament undefeated.

It’s playoff time in volleyball, and local schools are in on the action.

Here’s a look at how each team fared in their district play and where they’re going next.

The district champs moved on to regionals, which got under way after press time. The regional finals are scheduled for Nov. 8. For more on regional showdowns, visit our website at www.candgnews.com.

Class A at Berkley High
Berkley won its district without losing a single game in two matches.

The Bears beat Royal Oak High 3-0 Nov. 2 in the final and Oak Park High 3-0 Oct. 31 in their semifinal.

“I knew they could pull it off, but what I thought was more surprising is that they basically did everything I’ve been saying to them the whole season, all in one (tournament),” coach Liz Primeau said. “It all came together.”

It’s the Bears’ first district title since 2008. For the last two seasons, they played in the final but lost to Southfield High each time.

“There was a lot of excitement when we won,” Primeau said. “To finally finish it, it was just a sense of accomplishment. They reaped the rewards of all of our practices and tournament games we played this season.”

Berkley played Farmington Hills Mercy in a regional semifinal after press time. The winner of the match plays in the final at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Farmington High.

Class B at Warren Fitzgerald
After drawing a first-round bye, Ferndale High fell to Fitzgerald 25-19, 25-18, 21-25 and 29-27 Oct. 31.

“The girls fought hard through this district match,” Ferndale coach Shannon Pietras said. “The game went back and forth, and the crowd was definitely in favor of the districts hosts, Fitzgerald.”

Karly Wilson led Ferndale with 13 kills; Meghan Carney had 11 digs; Katlynn Hughes had nine digs and Kayla Hughes had 19 assists.

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