Southfield A&T’s Brooke Miller spikes the ball against Oak Park High Oct. 17. At press time, the Warriors were 24-12 overall.

Southfield A&T’s Brooke Miller spikes the ball against Oak Park High Oct. 17. At press time, the Warriors were 24-12 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


‘Grit’ helping Southfield A&T volleyball succeed

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published October 23, 2019

 Southfield A&T’s Danielle Burns prepares to serve the ball against Oak Park High Oct. 17. Burns is a captain for the Warriors.

Southfield A&T’s Danielle Burns prepares to serve the ball against Oak Park High Oct. 17. Burns is a captain for the Warriors.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — Throughout the course of a season, there are going to be moments when things just aren’t going as planned.

The Southfield A&T volleyball team has had its ups and downs, but it’s been able to rally together to post a 24-12 overall record at press time.

It doesn’t take much to bring the Warriors together in a bad situation. The word “grit” has become a rallying cry for the team, and whenever it is said, the team knows it’s time to get serious.

“Grit means to basically come back together as a team,” M’Kenna Albert said. “If we’re down a couple points or we see something that’s off, if somebody’s making mistakes, it means pick them back up and make sure that we remind everyone that the game is about the team and that we can all accomplish the goal together.”

Warriors coach Alisha Love added that the word “grit” means “pull together, dig deep, play harder, play smarter, block everything else out and get it done.”

Throughout the season, Love has gotten production from a mix of veterans and some up-and-comers.

Albert, Danielle Burns and Natasha Shelton are the Warriors’ captains, but Love also mentioned Brooke Miller, Tamira Richey, Amere Owens and Michelle Bonner as impact players.

“Our strength is our bond,” Burns said. “We have a really good bond, so if we can really take that out on the court and bring up our energy, we’ll be a good team.”

Though there are still regular-season games to be played, playoff volleyball begins Nov. 4. The Warriors will open postseason play in a Division 1 district semifinal against Birmingham Groves Nov. 6 at Bloomfield Hills Marian.

On the other side of the bracket, Marian is awaiting the winner of Birmingham Seaholm and Royal Oak High. The championship game will be played at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Marian.

Love knows it will take hard work to compete in the postseason, but the Warriors are excited to get after it.

“We play all year long, tournaments and regular season included, for three tournaments. That’s the districts, the regionals and the state championship. That’s what we do all of this for, so hopefully they’ll be ready for that,” Love said.

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