All three local volleyball teams win district championships

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 12, 2015

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GROSSE POINTES — The volleyball teams from Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South have each won district championships.

North and South won Class A titles, with South beating Detroit Cass Tech 3-2 Nov. 6 at Hamtramck High, and North defeating St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 3-0 Nov. 6 at Lake Shore.

The Norsemen won all three of their district playoff matches 3-0. 

Liggett won a Class C district championship with a 3-0 win against Detroit Edison Public School Academy Nov. 4 at Liggett.

All three of the schools were scheduled to play in regional semifinals Nov. 10, after press time. 

If South gets by its semifinal, it will play in a final scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at South.

A victory by North would set up a final against Sterling Heights Stevenson or Troy Athens, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Warren Cousino.

Should Liggett advance past the semifinal round, it will have an opportunity to compete for a regional championship against Riverview Gabriel Richard or Manchester High, scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 12.

Following North’s win against Lake Shore, coach Chelsea Brozo discussed the opportunity to advance to the regional round of the playoffs.

“We’re ready,” she said. “We’re excited. This is my first district win as coach. They deserved it. We have a young team; I only have four seniors. Now they know what it feels like to win the district, and that helps from here on out.”

After coming up short in a championship match against South last season, junior Stephanie Roy was happy to be on the winning side of a district final.

 “I am so excited,” she said. “Really awesome.”

South coach Kevin Nugent discussed his team’s opportunity to advance to regionals for the second consecutive season.

“We had set out some goals for the season, and this was one, so it was nice to achieve that,” he said. “Didn’t come without some difficulty, but we did get it done, which gives us a better opportunity moving forward to play in a regional. Things are happening the way we wanted them to happen so far.”

Brozo credited a regular-season win against Macomb Dakota — which, like North, is part of the Macomb Area Conference Red Division — with giving the team a “boost.”

“I think that’s where our peak started, and it hasn’t come down yet,” she said. “Since the Dakota game, this team has turned around — they’ve done a 180. They haven’t given up; they don’t back down. Their practices have never gotten sloppy.”

Nugent discussed what it is that put his team in a position to win a second consecutive district championship.

“I think the effort of the kids is important,” he said. “We’ve got some good players, but it requires sacrifice, time, effort and energy. I think they’re a group committed to advancing.”

For as nice of an accomplishment as winning a district championship is, Brozo would like to extend North’s playoff run even further.

“As long as we can keep playing North volleyball, we should keep rolling on,” she said. “They haven’t stopped peaking. I don’t think they’re done, and they proved that tonight. Let’s just keep going.”

In North’s win, senior Lucy Dodge was credited with 41 assists, with teammates Katie Snow and Meredith Kraus coming away with 15 kills and 10 kills, respectively. Roy contributed 18 digs.

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