Veteran-led Mott volleyball team hopes to challenge

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published August 29, 2019

 Warren Mott junior Julia Vultaggio looks to set up a teammate Aug. 24 during a game at the Warren Woods Tower Tour. Marauders coach Camisha Coleman believes the team can challenge for the MAC Silver Division title.

Warren Mott junior Julia Vultaggio looks to set up a teammate Aug. 24 during a game at the Warren Woods Tower Tour. Marauders coach Camisha Coleman believes the team can challenge for the MAC Silver Division title.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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WARREN — Fourth-year Warren Mott volleyball coach Camisha Coleman has the program trending in the right direction.

The team’s 6-11 mark in 2018 may not look the best — until you realize that the Marauders won seven matches total the previous three seasons.

This time around, Mott was 2-1 at press time. Coleman believes her team is on the right track.

“The girls look OK,” she said. “They’re not doing too bad, but they could do better.”

Early on, Coleman has moved each of the 12 players on her roster around the court in different positions to see where they work best. The Mott roster comprises five seniors and seven juniors.

Senior Autumn Bradford has been tapped as the leader of this edition of the Marauders. Junior setter Julia Vultaggio is an on-court leader too, Coleman said.

Mott’s roster doesn’t feature a lot of tall players, but the girls can jump, Coleman said.

“That makes up for our lack of height,” the coach said. “We can get a lot of blocks. When you have a shorter team full of girls who can jump, it kind of catches the opponent by surprise.”

Coleman believes her team can continue to improve. In order for the win total to keep climbing, she said the squad’s serve-receive and serving must improve.

Early on, Coleman said her team has fallen victim to its own mistakes.

“When an opposing team makes a mistake, we make the same mistake or we make a silly mistake instead of capitalizing off the opponent’s mistakes,” Coleman said. “That’s definitely something we need to work on.”

She believes the team should be at its best when Macomb Area Conference Silver Division play begins on Sept. 10.

“I feel like, with the juniors we’ve brought up, we’re going to do well this year,” Coleman said. “I think we can do really well.”

Mott’s next game is against Center Line High at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at home.

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