Marian volleyball sweeps Stevenson on way to regional title

Mustangs advance to state quarters for first time since 2013

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published November 10, 2016


TROY — The Birmingham Marian volleyball team withstood the efforts of the Sterling Heights Stevenson squad to come away with a regional title in a 3-0 win Nov. 10 at Troy High.

The Mustangs (26-9) advance to take on Novi High in a Class A state quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 also at Troy High.

"This is a goal we've had all year," Marian coach Angela Kalczynski said. "It was good to see them execute and pull out a win."

The regional title is the first for Marian since 2013.

Stevenson, looking for its first regional championship since 1990, ends the season at 40-7-2.

"We thought we would be able to match up with them," Stevenson coach Paul Drdul said. "We didn't get the touches we needed to to be able to stay in the match. We weren't big enough. We needed to serve-receive well, because we don't have that one go-to hitter."

Marian won 25-20 in Game 1, leading for all but one point. The match was tight, though, with no lead being more than five points.

The Mustangs led Game 2 start to finish and won 25-12.

In the final game, Marian won 25-21. Stevenson led for much of the early part of the frame before Marian took the lead for good at 13-12.

"We talk about momentum, and we didn't want (Stevenson) to gain any kind of momentum," Kalczynski said. "We figured they'd come out fighting since since it's a situation where if you lose your season is over, so we expected a tough last game. I was pleased with how we played. We came out and played our game."