Lamphere volleyball looks for ‘Silver’ in 2016

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published August 26, 2016

 Sarah Barrett and the rest of the Rams open their season Aug. 31 against Hazel Park High.

Sarah Barrett and the rest of the Rams open their season Aug. 31 against Hazel Park High.

Photo by Deb Jacques


MADISON HEIGHTS — After finishing in second place in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division for the last three seasons, the 2016 version of Madison Heights Lamphere’s volleyball team is attempting to take things one step further.

Since 2013, Lamphere has an overall record of 24-6 in MAC Silver play. Unfortunately for the Rams, St. Clair Shores Lakeview was 29-1 during that same time period.

Lamphere won’t have Lakeview to deal with this year, as the Huskies have been moved to the MAC Gold.

Coach Patty Waidknecht thinks Lamphere has the makings to compete for a MAC Silver title.

“The girls are excited,” she said. “We’re really having a good time. Our main focus is winning (the) league this year. The kids know that’s our goal and that we have a great chance at it.”

The Rams are young after losing four seniors from last season, but also talented, including team captains Sydney Hensley and Sarah Barrett.

When addressing the topic of a MAC Silver title, both captains conveyed a similar ambition as their coach.

“It would be really great because we’ve worked so hard to win,” said Hensley. “Losing the past few years has been really rough, so winning would just be fantastic.”

“It would mean a lot to me,” Barrett added. “It’s gotten really personal. It’s my senior year. (It would) be great to finish with a big bang.”

While it isn’t a substitute for the championships the program didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate, those second-place finishes to Lakeview could pay off in the way of learning lessons.

Waidknecht said it’s made her team tougher, and the girls have learned to fight until the end.

“They understand that I never get upset if they fight hard, even if we lose,” the coach said. “As long as they’re trying their best, that’s all I can ask.”

Lamphere opens the season against Hazel Park High at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 31 at home.