Troy High volleyball ends season with regional playoff loss

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published November 13, 2018

 Troy High senior Ella Davenport, left, prepares to set the ball with sophomore Julia Armstrong nearby during a Division 1 regional semifinal match against Lake Orion High Nov. 6. The Colts’ season ended with a 3-0 loss against the Dragons.

Troy High senior Ella Davenport, left, prepares to set the ball with sophomore Julia Armstrong nearby during a Division 1 regional semifinal match against Lake Orion High Nov. 6. The Colts’ season ended with a 3-0 loss against the Dragons.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

 Troy players celebrate a point against Lake Orion. Prior to their loss, the Colts won a district championship for the second consecutive season.

Troy players celebrate a point against Lake Orion. Prior to their loss, the Colts won a district championship for the second consecutive season.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

TROY — Troy High concluded its volleyball season with a 3-0 loss to Lake Orion High in a Division 1 regional semifinal Nov. 6 at Lake Orion.

The scores were 25-22, 25-16 and 25-19.

In the final rankings by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association, Lake Orion was ranked second among D-1 teams in the state, behind only Farmington Hills Mercy.

Lake Orion went on to beat Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 3-0 in a regional final.

Despite the loss, there were things for Troy coach Tom Vigilant to like about his team’s season, including coming away with a second consecutive district championship.

“We went 36-12 and we won our district,” Vigilant said. “Every game we lost, with the exception to Rochester Adams, was to a top-15 (team) in the state. So, I was pretty satisfied.”

Seven of Troy’s players were seniors. Although losing seniors can be difficult for a lot of coaches, Vigilant is in a somewhat unique position.

“I’m a middle school coach too, so a lot of the seniors I’ve had since they were seventh-graders, and some (them) are the third sister in families that I’ve had,” he said. “Every group of seniors that goes by, it’s not like just kids I’ve known for a couple years, it’s generally kids I’ve known for six or seven, or 10 or 12. So, every group of seniors that passes is melancholy for me.”

One of the players who completed her senior season is Jessica Robinson, who has committed to play for the University of Michigan.

Although Vigilant acknowledged that Troy “can’t replace” her, with seven juniors and two sophomores on this year’s team, along with some possible future additions, the Colts have the potential to be solid again next season.

“You have to incrementally do the things you need to do to stay where you were,” Vigilant said. “Whether we will be able to be there or not be there (will) depend on what the girls do in the offseason, who comes to tryouts and what kind of team we can build. … Hopefully we’ll be able to be back.”