Madison Heights Bishop Foley volleyball players celebrate Oct. 22. The Ventures are gearing up for a playoff run.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley volleyball players celebrate Oct. 22. The Ventures are gearing up for a playoff run.

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Bishop Foley volleyball looking for another district run

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published October 25, 2019


MADISON HEIGHTS — With district playoff brackets having been released for volleyball, Madison Heights Bishop Foley is attempting to win a fourth consecutive district championship.

After a first-round bye, Foley plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 against tournament host Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart.

The other teams in that district are Royal Oak Shrine, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest and Warren Michigan Collegiate.

Coach Colleen Szakacs is in her first season leading Foley.

“I think we have a good chance (of) winning districts and going pretty far into regionals,” Szakacs said. “I think we have a lot (of) potential.”

Senior Kayla Moore has a similar viewpoint as that of her coach.

“I think for playoff season, we do have very good potential,” Moore said. “To do that a fourth year in a row would be amazing.”

After tearing an ACL during her sophomore season, Moore’s future status in athletics and competing for district championships was uncertain.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Moore said. “Recovering from that, it was really hard. … I found my profession while in the process. … I (want to) go into physical therapy. … That’s my perspective, is that God has a plan for everything that you do.”

Moore captains the team along with seniors Erin Craig and Anna Cavalier. They are the only seniors on the roster.

“I think we’re a very young team,” Szakacs said. “In the beginning of the season, we kind (of) had a little bit of a rocky start — a lot (of) players playing different roles. … I do think that we’re on the upward slope. … I think all that work that they’re putting in is really paying off.”

Despite not having the same level of experience as some other teams, there are other ways the Ventures can make things difficult for opponents.

“I think that we have really good team chemistry,” Szakacs said. “We’re very smart. For as young as a team (as) we are, we’re smart on placing the ball on the other side of the court, things like that.”

It isn’t just this season that Szakacs has been thinking about.

“I (want to) keep building the program and working these girls hard. Then I think we’ll be in good shape in the next coming years to be one of the top contenders in the league, in districts, in regionals, and keep it going,” she said.