GPS volleyball coach reflects on season

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 22, 2019

 Grosse Pointe South’s Jada Divita hits the ball over the net during district action. South kept its district championship streak alive this fall, winning its seventh in a row.

Grosse Pointe South’s Jada Divita hits the ball over the net during district action. South kept its district championship streak alive this fall, winning its seventh in a row.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe South volleyball season came to an end with a loss to Fraser High in a Division 1 regional semifinal Nov. 12.

The Blue Devils knocked off rival Grosse Pointe North in the district final, which allowed South to keep its district title streak alive.

“This is our seventh district championship in a row,” South coach Krysta Kreyger said. “The girls know the streak, but they don’t go out playing scared to lose the streak. Our seniors set the tone for our program of what is expected for our athletes, and it trickles down every year.”

Kreyger said senior leadership played a huge role in the way the season played out. The Blue Devils had eight seniors.

The coach added that the upperclassmen set the example of how to lead and work hard for younger players.

“The senior leadership we had was amazing,” Kreyger said. “Each of those kids brought a different style of leadership that we needed. They all weren’t scared to speak up or work hard for one another.”

Even with the season coming to a close, Kreyger was pleased with the way her team played and how it ended.

“I’m very proud with the work these girls put in, from summer to finishing one of 32 teams left in the state,” Kreyger said.

The Blue Devils will have some holes to fill next season. South had seven underclassmen on varsity this season.

Kreyger is ready for her players to show her they are ready to take on new roles and responsibilities when they get back in the gym.

“It will be exciting to see who steps up in the off season to take on these new available roles,” Kreyger said. “We have some great talent throughout the program, so I am excited to see the battle when we get back together during open gyms later on in the year.”