Lakeview volleyball chasing elusive title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 26, 2016

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball hopes to bring the program its first district championship. The Huskies fell in the district semifinals in 2015. Pictured are Huskies senior captain Rebecca Case, left, and sophomore Grace Allor at the net Aug. 19 in the Macomb County Volleyball Kickoff Tournament.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball hopes to bring the program its first district championship. The Huskies fell in the district semifinals in 2015. Pictured are Huskies senior captain Rebecca Case, left, and sophomore Grace Allor at the net Aug. 19 in the Macomb County Volleyball Kickoff Tournament.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — For the past three seasons, St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball has been as successful as any program around.

In that span, the Huskies have won three Macomb Area Conference Silver Division titles, going 29-1 in the division in the process and 70-30-5 overall.

What has eluded the team is a district title. Last season, Lakeview ended with a loss to city rival St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a Class A district semifinal.

A district championship would be the first postseason title of any kind for the program. 

Lakeview senior Bella Fresch, one of three senior captains on the team along with Rebecca Case and Brooklyn Misko, said the team is determined to bring home a district title.

“We really want a district title,” said Fresch. “We want to leave a legacy. We’ve won division titles. We can’t leave the legacy we want without winning a district title.”

The Huskies, 2-1 at press time, play in a Class A district hosted by Eastpointe East Detroit. The field comprises Grosse Pointe North, Warren Woods Tower, Roseville High, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore and East Detroit.

Lakeview coach Tom Pfiefer said his team possesses the moxie and talent to continue its success. 

“They don’t panic at all,” said Pfiefer, who led the team to a 36-12-3 mark last season. “They trust and believe in each other. They know that if they get down, they can battle back.”

Getting down early has been a sticking point, according to the coach. He wants his team to start faster, knowing that early deficits against better teams could be its downfall.

Lakeview is facing tougher competition after moving to the MAC Gold from the MAC Silver. Divisional opponents include Warren Cousino, Warren Woods Tower, Warren Mott, Marine City High and St. Clair High.

The team that’s won the last two MAC Gold titles — Lake Shore – is now in the MAC Blue.

“There’s a difference in competition in the MAC Gold and Silver,” Pfiefer said. “We’ve won three division titles in a row and are pushing for a fourth, but it’ll be tough. We’ll have a lot of chances to see what we’re made of.”

Up next, Lakeview takes the court for the annual War in the Shores tournament, which features Lakeview, Lake Shore and St. Clair Shores South Lake. The action starts at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Lakeview.

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