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October 30, 2013

Volleyball playoffs right around the corner

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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West Bloomfield High’s Lindsey Dufresne prepares to pass a shot as Lindsay Czinder backs her up. The Lakers drew a bye in their Class A district.

The road to Battle Creek and the volleyball state championships are in sight, but first, teams will be making their first stops at the district level.

Here’s a look at where each of the local teams will be and which programs will be joining them.

First-round matchups take place Nov. 4, semifinals are Nov. 6 and finals are Nov. 8 unless otherwise notes.

Class A at West Bloomfield High
This district opens with Walled Lake Western and Walled Lake Northern meeting in the first round at 5 p.m.

The winner takes on West Bloomfield at 7 p.m. in a semifinal.

On the other side of the bracket, Walled Lake Central and White Lake Lakeland each drew a bye and meet at 5 p.m. in the other semifinal.

The championship is set for 6 p.m.

West Bloomfield coach Julian Wargo said his team has played Central, Western and Northern. The Lakers beat Central, lost in a close match with Western and struggled with North.

“I think if we can bring the right attitude against any of those teams, we can be successful,” Wargo said.

The coach added that his squad is playing its best volleyball of the year right now.

“My team has really come together. We’re being positive, committed, supportive and competitive. That’s all you can ask for at the end of the season,” he said.

The Lakers have seen their share of success in tournaments this season, including a win at the Romulus High tournament and a third-place finish at the Roseville High tournament.

“We had a very strong showing at the beginning of the season and then kind of bottomed out in September,” he said. “Then when we came into league play (Oakland Activities Association White Division), we really started to come around. Right now, we’re in the performing stage. Everyone is contributing, playing their roles and pushing each other every day at practice to be the best that we can be.”

Class C at Royal Oak Shrine
Madison Heights Madison and Wixom St. Catherine get this district started, playing at 6 p.m. in the first round.

Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart awaits the winner at 7 p.m. in a semifinal.

In the other semifinal at 4:30 p.m., Royal Oak Shrine and West Bloomfield Frankel meet.
The championship is 6 p.m.

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