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 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse junior Tori Laeder, left, looks to make a play in a match this past season. Laeder has earned All-League honors in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse junior Tori Laeder, left, looks to make a play in a match this past season. Laeder has earned All-League honors in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

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MAC names standout volleyball players

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published December 5, 2019

MACOMB COUNTY — Following another season, volleyball coaches around the Macomb Area Conference have met and named All-League teams.

MAC coaches voted on MVP, Coach of the Year and Sportsmanship awards.

It was a solid season for the league. Macomb L’Anse Creuse North was the last MAC team standing, as the Crusaders advanced to the Division 1 state quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

Following is a division-by-division breakdown of all the honorees.


MAC Red
New Baltimore Anchor Bay swept the individual awards, with senior Khloee Stoll earning league MVP honors and coach Kristy Morrow taking home the Coach of the Year award. Marysville High received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees were Stoll, sophomore Karlee Stoll and senior Emily Smith, Anchor Bay; juniors Kira Buza and Sydney Palazzolo, and senior Meghan Dombrowski, Utica Eisenhower; seniors McKenzie Mertz and Jenna Schienke, Macomb Dakota; senior Coral Higgins, Sterling Heights Stevenson; junior Natalie Husson, Marysville; and senior Julianna Bollini, Romeo High.

Anchor Bay finished 9-1 to win the MAC Red. Eisenhower was next at 8-2, followed by Dakota (5-5), Stevenson (4-6), Marysville (3-7) and Romeo (1-9).


MAC White
L’Anse Creuse North took home all the awards this season. Crusaders senior Leah Bieniewicz and coach Denise Sargent earned MVP and Coach of the Year, respectively. L’Anse Creuse North also received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honors went to Bieniewicz, and seniors Darienne Johnson and Kelsey Starnes, L’Anse Creuse North; junior Madison Grace and senior Jessica Pizzimenti, Fraser High; seniors Raeleen Sobetski and Abby Rissman, Utica High; sophomore Jada Divita, Grosse Pointe South; senior Christina Baker, Grosse Pointe North; and junior Camille Keys, Port Huron Northern.

L’Anse Creuse North went through league play undefeated (10-0) to win the title. Fraser was next at 8-2, followed by Utica (6-4), Grosse Pointe South (4-6), Grosse Pointe North (1-9) and Port Huron Northern (1-9).


MAC Blue
Utica Ford II senior Antonia Nunnery earned the league MVP award. The Falcons’ Randy Schantz took home MAC Blue Coach of the Year honors. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees were Nunnery, and seniors Brianne Bayer and Kelly Bartlett, Ford; juniors Emma Trombley and Jaiden DeLong, and senior Madison Jacobs, Port Huron High; junior Halle Nicholas and senior Sarah Chapman, Warren Woods Tower; senior Alexa Garavaglia, Chippewa Valley; junior Tori Laeder, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; and junior Morgan Kimm, St. Clair Shores Lakeview.

Ford finished 9-1 to win the league by four full matches. Port Huron and Tower each finished 5-5, followed by Chippewa Valley (4-6), L’Anse Creuse (4-6) and Lakeview (3-7).


MAC Gold
St. Clair High’s Olivia Jovanovich and Michelle Achatz earned league MVP and Coach of the Year, respectively. Sterling Heights High received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honors went to Jovanovich, and seniors Anna Allington, Lauren Rozelle and Allie Foucher, St. Clair; senior Olivia Jolliffe, junior Mikayla Tansil and sophomore Amanda Makulski, Warren Cousino; seniors Elizabeth Coverdill and Morgan McConnell, Marine City High; senior Allison Federlein, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; and senior Stephanie Owens, Roseville High.

St. Clair went 9-1 to win the league. Cousino took second at 8-2, followed by Marine City (5-4), Lake Shore (3-7), Roseville (2-7) and Sterling Heights (1-8).


MAC Silver
New Haven High sophomore Maggie Juncaj took home league MVP honors. Madison Heights Lamphere’s Patti Waidknecht earned the MAC Silver Coach of the Year award. St. Clair Shores South Lake received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees were Juncaj, sophomore Hannah Osterholm and senior Julia Mayle, New Haven; juniors Elizabeth Hamel and Ava Wark, and senior Lexi Gross, Lamphere; senior Al Verner and sophomore Aliyah Vesper, Clawson High; junior Julia Vultaggio, Warren Mott; senior Serena Hart, Hazel Park High; and senior Anyah McClain, South Lake.

Lamphere went 9-1 in league play to win the MAC Silver. New Haven and Clawson both finished 7-3, followed by Mott (4-5), Hazel Park (2-8) and South Lake (0-9).


MAC Bronze
Center Line High junior Emma Hastings earned league MVP honors, while her coach, Kate Martorana, was named Coach of the Year. Eastpointe High received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees were Hastings, and juniors Alli Zielinski and Autumn Kucharczyk, Center Line; seniors LaShae Johnson and Cynthia Ruvalcaba, and junior Jahari Hannah, Warren Fitzgerald; senior Randi Martin, Eastpointe; junior Lidiya Salmon, Madison Heights Madison; and junior Chante Hudgins, Warren Lincoln.

Center Line finished 10-0 to win the MAC Bronze. Fitzgerald was next at 6-3, followed by Clinton Township Clintondale (6-4), Eastpointe (5-5), Madison (2-8) and Lincoln (1-9).