Stoney Creek volleyball duo sign on dotted line

By: Christian Davis | Rochester Post | Published November 20, 2015

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The Rochester Hills Stoney Creek volleyball team had a special season, and to top it off, two players signed their National Letters of Intent to play at the next level Nov. 11 at the high school.

Gabi Cuckovich and Alexa Tomlak have signed on to play for West Virginia University and the University of Alabama, respectively.

Stoney Creek coach Mandy Moran expects the duo to succeed at their new schools, much like they helped lead the Cougars to a 30-14 overall mark and a co-championship in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

“I think they’re used to wanting to contribute in their roles, whatever it is. They’re going to be huge assets whether playing a lot or as role players,” Moran said. “They have the mentality and work ethic to excel there.”

In the last four years, the duo helped lead Stoney Creek to two division championships and three City Cups.

“They had an immediate (impact) as soon as they came into the program. I don’t think we would be anywhere near as successful without them,” Moran said, noting that Cuckovich was a four-year varsity member and Tomlak a three-year member.

Cuckovich is a defensive specialist, and Tomlak is a setter.

“They’re kind of polar opposites in a way. Gabi is upbeat and energetic. Alexa is a little more reserved, doing a lot of thinking out on the court, and has a calm composure, which I think is really important as a setter,” Moran said. “They’re both amazing students, balancing so much on their plates and doing a great job at it. They led by example.”

Both were two-time All-Association selections as well.

Cuckovich and Tomlak were happy to share the signing day together.

“We’ve been on several teams together, so a lot of the journey in volleyball, she’s (been there), so it’s definitely cool,” Cuckovich  said.

“It was a really nice feeling,” Tomlak added. “The school put a nice thing together with all of our family and friends that helped us along the way.”    

The duo also noted that they’re proud that the senior class went out as champions.

“That’s very special. We knew we had the potential, so being able to accomplish one of our goals was such a huge thing,” Cuckovich said. “As we’ve gone through the program, the team has gotten better and better.”

Tomlak agreed.

“It was such a special moment. For us four seniors on the team, we’ve been working for this the whole time,” she said. “We always had the potential, and this year we put it together to grab a piece of the OAA title.”

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