Roseville High volleyball wins first division title since 2008

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 8, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — What a turnaround.

After winning just one match all of last season, the Roseville High volleyball team went 21-11-1. That included a 9-1 finish in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division, giving the Panthers their first division title since winning the MAC Gold in 2008.

To put the season in perspective, Roseville won three times as many matches in the MAC Silver this season as it did total matches in 2014 and 2015 (three).

Panthers coach Nick Juncaj has engineered the turnaround. He said playing as a cohesive unit played the biggest role in the team’s success.

“Each player on the roster has trusted their teammates all season long,” said Juncaj, who is in his second year with the team. “Anybody who was on the court this year contributed. The girls really care about each other. I think that’s why we were able to (win a division title).”

Roseville, which saw its season end in a 3-2 loss to Warren Woods Tower Oct. 31 in a Class A district quarterfinal, dropped only four sets in divisional play.

The Panthers share the MAC Silver title with Madison Heights Lamphere. The teams split two meetings. Lamphere won 3-2 Sept. 22 at home. Roseville won 3-0 Oct. 18 at home.

The Panthers roster features five seniors, led by three-year varsity player Autumn Anderson.

“Our seniors have done a great job of taking on leadership roles and leading on and off the court,” Juncaj said. “I’ve coached a lot of them their entire four years here and it’s been great to see them blossom into great athletes and great people. This has been a great year all around.”

Roseville has eight players eligible to return next season, including juniors Candice Smith, Ashley Fasseel and Kylie Misiak. Juncaj said this year’s success has given them and the team’s five sophomores something to shoot for next fall.

“We’re happy about the division title, obviously, but we wanted to win it outright,” Juncaj said. “That’s what we’re going for next year.”

East Detroit falls in district quarters
The Eastpointe East Detroit volleyball team saw its season end in a 3-0 loss to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore Oct. 31 at home. The Shamrocks ended the season at 2-12-0.

For complete coverage of the state volleyball playoffs, check www.candgnews.com.

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