Lakeview volleyball chasing titles

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 1, 2018

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Grace Allor looks to make a play during a match earlier this season. The Huskies won their fifth straight War in the Shores title and are in the thick of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division title race.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Grace Allor looks to make a play during a match earlier this season. The Huskies won their fifth straight War in the Shores title and are in the thick of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division title race.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Lakeview coach Tom Pfeifer celebrates a point during a game earlier this season.

Lakeview coach Tom Pfeifer celebrates a point during a game earlier this season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — "When this team is together physically and mentally, we can’t be stopped.”

Those are the thoughts of St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball coach Tom Pfeifer. 

“When we are loud with energy and communication, we play amazingly,” Pfeifer said. “I have seen us make some outstanding plays this year, and those big plays have carried us.”

At press time, the Huskies were 20-10 overall and 4-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division. Lakeview is one match behind Fraser High in the race for a MAC Blue title. This is the Huskies’ first season in the MAC Blue after a couple of years in the MAC Gold.

At the outset of the season, Pfeifer talked about the youth on his team, as the roster includes six sophomores. He said the young players had to quickly get acclimated to varsity volleyball if the team was to have success. Pfeifer said the young players have proven their mettle.

“They’ve faced a ton of great teams and have handled things like veterans,” Pfeifer said. “Part of that is great leadership. Part of it is just a desire and will to win. 

“We still have a few minor hiccups now and then, but that’s part of our growth. We just need to weather the storm when those things happen and come back strong.”

The young Huskies have performed admirably, but the veterans are leading the team.

That group includes seniors Grace Allor, Ashley Phillips and Ri’Shynah Lewis, and junior Angelina Schummer. Because of the squad’s strong play, Lakeview has already surpassed last season’s win total. The Huskies went 16-20 in 2017.

“I think that we just have great athletes and players coming up through the years who really help complete the team and are very coachable and easy to get along with,” Allor said. “This year we’ve been a really strong, skilled team, and we always try to push each other to our fullest potential in practice and games.”

Lakeview won three straight division titles from 2013 to 2015. In order to get to the top of the MAC Blue, Pfeifer said his players must have the will to win and make big plays.

“We can’t rely on anyone else to (help us in the league title race),” Pfeifer said. “We have to grab what we want and hold on to it.”

Aside from a division title, Pfeifer is pushing for a district title. The program does not have any postseason championships. 

Allor said she and the four other seniors on the team don’t look too far ahead, but bringing the program a district title is very important to the group.

“We want to finally leave our mark on the wall and put a number in that empty space below ‘district championships,’” Allor said. “For some reason, our team always seems to freeze in districts — almost like we accept defeat before we even step onto the court. This year is going to be different because we are going in confident, but humble, and give our all because for us seniors it might be our last game together ever, and we’d like to cherish that for as long as possible.”

Lakeview’s next game is against Port Huron Northern at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 on the road.

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