Sterling Heights Stevenson volleyball players pose with their Division 1 regional championship trophy. The Titans knocked off Fraser High 3-0 Nov. 8 to win a regional title.

Sterling Heights Stevenson volleyball players pose with their Division 1 regional championship trophy. The Titans knocked off Fraser High 3-0 Nov. 8 to win a regional title.

Photo by Jason Carmel Davis


Stevenson volleyball downs Fraser to claim regional title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published November 8, 2018

 Fraser High sophomore Madison Grace looks to score during a Nov. 6 regional semifinal win over Grosse Pointe South. The Ramblers fell 3-0 to Sterling Heights Stevenson in a Nov. 8 regional final.

Fraser High sophomore Madison Grace looks to score during a Nov. 6 regional semifinal win over Grosse Pointe South. The Ramblers fell 3-0 to Sterling Heights Stevenson in a Nov. 8 regional final.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

STERLING HEIGHTS — In each of the past three seasons, the Sterling Heights Stevenson volleyball team has seen its season end in a loss in a Division 1 regional final. The 2018 edition of the Titans made sure that didn’t happen a fourth straight time.

Stevenson downed Fraser High 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-16) Nov. 8 to win a regional championship. It’s the first for the Titans since 1990.

“With how the last few years ended, we wanted this so badly,” said Stevenson senior Chloe Clark, who notched 11 kills in the match. “We all felt that there was no way we would lose this match, and we did everything we could to make sure that didn’t happen.”

Stevenson (44-9) advances to face Farmington Hills Mercy in a state quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

The Titans led for all but three points in the match. The Ramblers (28-18-2) held a slim lead early in Game 2. The regional final was a matchup between the Macomb Area Conference White Division champs (Stevenson) and the MAC Blue winner (Fraser).

Ramblers coach Kim Argiri-Slone said she thought her team played well in the match, but that the Titans were able to make a few more plays.

“It wasn’t really their offense that got us, it was our defense,” Argiri-Slone said. “By the time we got comfortable in the first game, (Stevenson) already had a double-digit lead.

“I’m proud of my team. Our goal was to win our league and win a district. Our regional semifinal win was great. A win tonight would have been icing on the cake.”

Stevenson coach Eric Wachterhauser, who is in his first year guiding the team, said his goal was helping the program get over the regional final hurdle.

“I came here because I knew the kids were good, and I thought I could help them accomplish this,” said Wachterhauser. “The seniors on this team have been in this spot before. They worked so hard for this. I’m so proud of this group.”

Clark, and seniors Alexis Kopicki and Abbey Herrmann are the lone Stevenson players with regional final experience. Those three led the way in the win. Kopicki led the team with 12 kills; Herrmann added six; and Kopicki also recorded 19 digs. Stevenson senior Danielle Lamoreaux tallied 18 digs.

“We played really well in the first game. We had a couple lapses in the second game, but were able to pull it out. In Game 3, we kind of sat back, and I told the girls that,” Wachterhauser said. “They were able to re-focus and bring it home. Now we’re regional champs.”