Ferndale High volleyball coach reflects on the season

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published November 12, 2018

 Ferndale High’s Kayla Scott serves the ball during a regional semifinal match Nov. 6 against St. Clair Shores South Lake. The Eagles’ season ended with a 3-0 loss to South Lake.

Ferndale High’s Kayla Scott serves the ball during a regional semifinal match Nov. 6 against St. Clair Shores South Lake. The Eagles’ season ended with a 3-0 loss to South Lake.

Photo by Brian Sevald

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FERNDALE — Earlier this year, Ferndale High volleyball coach Stella Johnstone said she thought it was going to be a “really good year” for the Eagles.

With Ferndale’s season now complete, Johnstone’s evaluation of her team’s year was even more positive.

“Best outcome I could have ever expected,” she said.

Although Ferndale’s season ended with a 3-0 loss to St. Clair Shores South Lake in a Division 2 regional semifinal Nov. 6 at Harper Woods High, prior to that match, the Eagles celebrated the program’s first district championship since 2014 when they beat Hazel Park High 3-2 Nov. 1.

“It was such an amazing feeling, and I know the girls were very excited,” Johnstone said. “They were ecstatic. They were jumping and screaming and hugging and crying; I was crying. It was an incredible moment and feeling.”

Ferndale’s district championship could help lead to even more celebrations in the future. Aside from how excited her team was to win a title, Johnstone thinks that it is going to set an “amazing standard,” get people talking about the program and create more interest among middle school students.

“The program is already building,” Johnstone said. “I’m already talking to our athletic director about bringing on a freshman team next year, so it really is making full circles.

“A lot of really good things are starting to happen.”

Johnstone just completed her first season leading Ferndale’s program. And although coming away with a district title was a nice accomplishment in season No. 1 at the helm, what she wants for the Eagles extends beyond accomplishments on a volleyball court.

“Going forward, I really want to create a program where everyone feels like they’re a part of a family, not just a sports team,” Johnstone said. “So, one thing that I plan on doing with my girls is getting together throughout the school year and working out together, or maybe having study hall together and just meeting in my classroom to work on schoolwork. But creating that culture where they have a family at school, even though they’re away from their home.”

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