Local volleyball squads fall in regional action

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published November 17, 2015

 Troy Athens’ Elizabeth LaRochelle blocks a shot by a Utica Stevenson player Nov. 10 in a regional semifinal. The Red Hawks lost in three games.

Troy Athens’ Elizabeth LaRochelle blocks a shot by a Utica Stevenson player Nov. 10 in a regional semifinal. The Red Hawks lost in three games.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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As Troy Athens volleyball coach Christine Stanichuk said, it was too little, too late in the Class A regional semifinal.

The Red Hawks fell to Utica Stevenson 25-16, 25-13, 26-24.

“We battled back, but you don’t want to be down the first two games and then have to try and fight back. Stevenson was tough. They played great,” Stanichuk said. “We went in there confident; I’m not taking anything away from my team.”

In the final game, there were 18 ties and nine lead changes. Athens led 19-14 at one point.

“(Stevenson) played great, and we struggled to run an offense,” Stanichuk said. “They have a great setter and were hitting the ball hard.”

Athens finished 14-12-1 overall.

“I’m very proud of my girls. They had a tremendous season, and we had a great ride,” the coach said.

Along the way, Athens won its second district championship in three years.

“It’s so great to have won it again, and we get to put another flag on the wall,” Stanichuk said.

The coach added that it was the squad’s confidence that stands out.

“This team, we could be down by six, seven, eight points, and they didn’t doubt themselves. They loved giving me a heart attack. ‘Can we just go out and take a lead and keep a lead like normal schools do?’” Stanichuk said with a laugh. “They’re a great group, I’m definitely going to miss them.”

Athens is graduating five seniors, but its JV team finished undefeated this season.

“There’s a lot of great talent coming up. I couldn’t be more excited with what next year is going to hold,” Stanichuk said.


In other local volleyball action:

In a Class B regional semifinal, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep lost to Marysville High in four games Nov. 10 at Imlay City.

In Class C, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian fell to Brown City High in four games Nov. 10 at Burton Bendle.

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