Regina volleyball downs Chandler Park Academy to win first regional title since 1990

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published November 14, 2019

 Warren Regina’s Cassidy Suzor skies to make a play Nov. 12 in a Division 2 regional semifinal win. The Saddlelites won a regional title for the first time since 1990.

Warren Regina’s Cassidy Suzor skies to make a play Nov. 12 in a Division 2 regional semifinal win. The Saddlelites won a regional title for the first time since 1990.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

ST. CLAIR SHORES — “This will not be my last game.”

That came from Claire Greenway, the lone senior on the Warren Regina volleyball team after the team fell behind early, 10-5, in the fourth game a Nov. 14 Division 2 regional final against Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy.

Those words proved to be prophetic, as the Saddlelites battled back for a 25-19 win in the game and a 3-1 win in the match.

The triumph gives Regina its first regional championship since 1990. The win comes after a sweep Nov. 8 against Madison Heights Lamphere that gave the program its first district title in 12 years.

“That speech (Greenway) gave really pumped us up and pushed us over the top,” Saddlelites junior outside hitter Jenna O’Brien said. “It really helped us. She didn’t want this to be her last game and neither did we.”

Regina (29-14) advances to face Pontiac Notre Dame Prep in a state quarterfinal at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at St. Clair Community College.

Chandler Park Academy ends the season at 14-8.

The Saddlelites won the first two games 25-15, 25-15 before the Eagles rebounded to take the third game 25-22.

In the final game, Chandler Park took an early lead before Regina took the lead for good at 13-12 and closed out the match.

“This run has been amazing,” Saddlelites coach Christie Burley-Lietzow said. “This has been a true team effort. We don’t have what you’d call a superstar player. We have a lot of good players who step up when it’s time.”

Over the course of the season, Regina coaches have touted how well the team handles pressure. 

Burley-Lietzo said there was no doubt the team would find a way to come back after falling behind early in the final game of the regional final.

“This team is tough,” Burley-Lietzow said. “They respond really well when things look like they might not go their way. I’m really proud of everybody.”