Volleyball seasons wrapped up in district action

By: Christian Davis | Madison - Park News | Published November 5, 2015

 Madison Heights Lamphere’s Jaclyn D’Arca prepares to send a serve in a match earlier this season. The Rams, along with Madison Heights Bishop Foley and Hazel Park High, fell in their respective district tournaments.

Madison Heights Lamphere’s Jaclyn D’Arca prepares to send a serve in a match earlier this season. The Rams, along with Madison Heights Bishop Foley and Hazel Park High, fell in their respective district tournaments.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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The volleyball postseason came to a close for local squads last week.

Here’s a look at how each team battled in their respective district tournaments.

 

Class B
Madison Heights Lamphere’s season came to a close after falling to host Pontiac Notre Dame Prep in three games Nov. 2 in a district quarterfinal.

“The score did not reflect how well we played. I thought we played outstanding, made them earn every point. We fought the best we could and walked out with our head held high,” Lamphere coach Patty Waidknecht said. “We were hitting; we were blocking. We kept with them. They were a little bigger, little stronger, but we went down swinging.”

The Rams finished the season 16-6-4 overall, including an 8-2 mark in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division, good for second place.

Hazel Park High also bowed out of the district tournament, losing to Ferndale High in three games Nov. 2 at Warren Fitzgerald in a quarterfinal.

 

Class C
The exit was earlier than first-year Madison Heights Bishop Foley coach Megan Gignac would have liked, but as she put it, “there was a lot more good (this season) than there was bad.”

The Ventures fell in three games to Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest Nov. 2 at Northwest in the first round.

“Northwest had some pretty tall girls that threw up some nice blocks on us, and we struggled covering our hitters and hitting around their block,” Gignac said.

The Ventures still lay claim to a championship this season, winning the Catholic High School League AA/Intersectional championship.

The program’s last title came in 2011 and before that in 1985.

“We hadn’t won that very often — it was quite the accomplishment this year. I wasn’t sure what to expect as a new coach. … It just kind of validated all of the hard work that we did.”

Gignac was the fourth coach in four years for the program, and she thanked her eight seniors for what they meant to the program.

“For them to stick with it, they’re a dedicated group,” she said. “I appreciate that a lot.”

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