Fraser High volleyball players celebrate after winning a Division 1 district championship Nov. 7. The Ramblers beat Warren Woods Tower 3-0 to win the program’s second consecutive district title.

Fraser High volleyball players celebrate after winning a Division 1 district championship Nov. 7. The Ramblers beat Warren Woods Tower 3-0 to win the program’s second consecutive district title.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Fraser High volleyball wins second consecutive district title

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published November 12, 2019

 Fraser High junior Madison Grace, left, gets up in an attempt to help earn a point for her team. With their win, the Ramblers advanced to the regional round of the playoffs.

Fraser High junior Madison Grace, left, gets up in an attempt to help earn a point for her team. With their win, the Ramblers advanced to the regional round of the playoffs.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Editor’s note: Fraser was scheduled to play Grosse Pointe South in a regional semifinal Nov. 12, after press time. The winner plays in a regional final at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

FRASER — Fraser High volleyball won the program’s second consecutive district championship.

The Ramblers beat Warren Woods Tower in straight sets Nov. 7 in a Division 1 district final at Warren Cousino.

“Amazing,” Fraser coach Kim Argiri-Slone said following the match. “(The) girls deserved it. They played hard. That was one of our goals, to win the district again. They came to play.”

At press time, Fraser was 23-12-3 overall and finished 8-2 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

Junior Madison Grace had a good feeling going into the playoffs.

“I knew we were (going to) come in here and win it,” Grace said. “It’s great for the seniors to win it back to back. … I’m really glad we pulled it out. … I’m really blessed to be here with (these) girls.”

Argiri-Slone discussed what she considers to be keys to Fraser’s success.

“A lot (of) the girls are becoming interested in out-of-season training,” she said. “That helps in the offseason when you’re doing volleyball. … And the overall attitude of the girls.”

Despite the success the Ramblers have had over the past couple of seasons, from Argiri-Slone’s perspective, they have been underestimated.

“They come to play,” she said. “They’re gritty, they’re tough, and a lot (of) teams underestimate them (because) we’re not very big. They hang tough, they stick together, and I love coaching (them).”

Prior to her current stint leading Fraser, Argiri-Slone was the coach when the program won back-to-back Class A state championships in 2003 and 2004.

During that time period, Fraser competed in the MAC Red, and that is where she wants the program to be again.

“It’s my fourth year back as head coach, so we’ve been working our way slowly to try to get back into the Red,” Argiri-Slone said. “That’s where we started, and that would be amazing to get back up there. That’s a goal. The better competition you play, the better you get.”