Seasons wrap for Chippewa Valley, Fraser High

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published November 11, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — The volleyball teams from Clinton Township Chippewa Valley and Fraser High have wrapped up their respective seasons, with both programs making it as far as the Class A district semifinals.

Fraser lost to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 3-2; Sterling Heights Stevenson beat Chippewa Valley 3-1.

Both matches took place Nov. 4 at Fraser.

Chippewa Valley, which Stevenson coach Paul Drdul referred to as a “great coached team” with a “great group of kids,” beat Utica Ford 3-1 in a first-round match Nov. 2. Fraser, meanwhile, drew a first-round bye.

The Ramblers were leading L’Anse Creuse 2-1 before the Lady Lancers rallied to take the next two sets and claim the victory.

Following the match, Fraser coach Kristi Skladanowski discussed the effort she got from her team.

“They battled hard all five games,” she said. “Came down to the small things — executing and serving. Made smart plays; they fought. These last couple weeks they’ve really come together as a team. They persevered. Wish they would have reaped the rewards from all their hard work this season, but we had a young team. I wanted it for the seniors.”

Chippewa coach Melissa Criteser used the words “character” and “heart” to describe her team’s effort.

“The outcome’s not in our favor, but I could not ask more of what my girls showed tonight,” she said. “There was not one time where we let down. We were down 8-1 in the second game, tied it back up. We didn’t back down — both sides of the net. It was such a fun game to be a part of.”

Haley Oleson, Jordyn Maron, Kristen Naidus, Sydney Reed, Ashley Brownlee and Sam Krause wrapped up their careers at Chippewa Valley.

“They’re leaders,” Criteser said. “Four of them have been with me since they were sophomores. They know my expectations; they know how I perceive the game and what it means to be a team … being a family more than anything. All six led this team better than I could have asked for.”

Skladanowski described her seniors as having “heart” and “passion.” Abbigayle Fillar, Brianna Simon and Noelle East played their final match at Fraser.

As for the players who will be returning, Skladanowski expressed optimism that the experience they have gained could help them going forward.

“We have six sophomores and a freshman on the team,” she said. “I hope they learn from this. We’ve been talking about no excuses, no regrets all the way through — leave it all on the floor. I think with the younger players, they put things in perspective. I think seeing how the seniors are right now is a little bit of a reality check for them. We talked about playing for our seniors, playing for each other, all day, all week. I’m hoping that it’s a teachable moment right now, and go from there for next year.”

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