Lake Shore volleyball gets to district final, falls to GPN

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 13, 2015

 Lake Shore has six players eligible to return next season from a team that won a division title and played in a district final. Pictured is Shorians junior defensive specialist Taylor Dietz serving against Lakeview.

Lake Shore has six players eligible to return next season from a team that won a division title and played in a district final. Pictured is Shorians junior defensive specialist Taylor Dietz serving against Lakeview.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball team had another solid season in 2015.

The Shorians went 8-2 to win a second straight Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title. The streak comes after Lake Shore hadn’t won a division title since 2009.

The Shorians opened the postseason with a 3-0 win over rival St. Clair Shores Lakeview Nov. 4 in a Class A district semifinal. The win was the first for Lake Shore over its rival in four tries this season. For Lake Shore coach Margaret Kwapicz, the playoff win eased the pain of a Sept. 10 loss in the championship match of the annual War in the Shores tournament.

The loss to Lakeview in the annual city meet ended a seven-year run for Lake Shore.

“This is what we wanted after the loss at War in the Shores,” Kwapicz said after the Nov. 4 triumph. “I’m very proud of them doing it in three games.”

Lake Shore’s playoff run would come to an end, though, in a 3-0 loss to Grosse Pointe North Nov. 6 in a district final. Lake Shore’s lone district title came in 2004.

The Shorians ended the season at 17-9-2.

“They gave it their all,” Kwapicz said after the district final. “Grosse Pointe North is up in the Red, and we’re in the Gold, so I thought they really gave a fighting chance. One of my setters went out Monday, so we were down a setter.”

The win gave Grosse Pointe North coach Chelsea Brozo her first postseason championship.

“We’re excited. This is my first district win as coach. They deserved it. We have a young team; I only have four seniors. Now they know what it feels like to win the district, and that helps from here on out.”

Lake Shore loses six players to graduation: libero Kennedy Vigliotti, middle hitter Paige Hanke, right side hitter/middle hitter Jalen Erickson, middle hitter Jessica Cummins, outside hitter/setter Jenna Pomaville and outside hitter Natalie VanDerHaegen.

Pomaville, Cummins and Hanke are team captains.

Lake Shore does have six players eligible to return next season, including five juniors.

Kwapicz was pleased with how her team’s younger players showed up in the district final.

“We had some younger players step up tonight,” Kwapicz said after the Nov. 6 match. “I thought they did well, especially the last game. Good season … nice job.”

Staff Writer Mark Vest contributed to this report.

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