Local squads battle in volleyball postseason

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published November 11, 2015

 Southfield High’s Tailor Echols sends a shot against Berkley High Nov. 4 in a Class A district semifinal. The Blue Jays lost in three games.

Southfield High’s Tailor Echols sends a shot against Berkley High Nov. 4 in a Class A district semifinal. The Blue Jays lost in three games.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — The volleyball postseason is in full swing. Here’s a look at how local squads performed in their local district tournaments. 

 

Class A at Southfield-Lathrup
Though it was a loss, Southfield-Lathrup coach Kirk Bagg was proud of the effort his team gave in its final match.

The Chargers fell to Detroit Renaissance in three games Nov. 4 in a semifinal.

“We were in it. The first game, we were a little intimidated. The second, we served them well and put in some pretty good defense. We just couldn’t hit the ball quite where we wanted. It was the same with the third game,” he said. “We played well. They were just the better team.”

Bagg said he’s seen the improvement from the first match of the season to now, and more so from three seasons ago when he took over the program. 

The Chargers finished 6-9 overall.

“At the end of the day, you can talk to any one of my girls, and they’ll say we got better, and we did,” he said. “I’m proud of what they did.”

 

Class A at Southfield-Lathrup
On the other side of the bracket, Southfield High fell to Berkley High in three games also in a semifinal Nov. 4.

“Defensively, I thought the second and third games we did well. Our issue was serve reception. We could not pass the serve,” coach William Reed said. “We made a lot of mental errors on the second and third contact.”

The Blue Jays finish 5-17-8 overall. 

“The thing that we preached to them yesterday and all this week was the importance of offseason preparation. Our motto is, ‘Players are made in the offseason, teams are made in the inseason,’” Reed said. “That’s what we’re coming up against each season. More and more teams in our conference are investing in their volleyball preparation.” 

 

Class D at Novi Franklin Road Christian
Southfield Christian took on Detroit Westside Christian in a semifinal after press time. 

In the quarterfinal, the Eagles defeated Detroit Public Safety in three. 

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