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Volleyball

Published September 26, 2016

Madison Heights Bishop Foley volleyball coach Megan Gignac thinks there has been something missing with the program over the years — coaching continuity.

In her estimation, that lack of stability has stifled the program from creating a strong tradition.

Gignac, who is in her second season as the program’s coach, is a 2007 graduate of Foley. She said that during her playing days alone, there were four coaching changes.

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Published September 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After losing to Romeo High in the playoffs last year, the Macomb Dakota volleyball team had revenge on its mind. The Cougars did just that, sweeping the Bulldogs in a Macomb Area Conference Red matchup on Sept. 22.

“It was nice to see the girls come and prove themselves,” Dakota head coach Tracie Ferguson said. “It shows they can overcome adversity, and it is great to see they have that grit and heart, and they can do it together.”

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Published September 20, 2016

TROY — Following her team’s sweep of Troy High on Sept. 20, Troy Athens head coach Christine Stanichuk proudly uncrumpled an old pocket-size photo.

The small memento showed a happy group of Red Hawks, celebrating a victory over their crosstown rival, back in 2012.

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Published September 20, 2016

TROY — The Troy Athens volleyball team boasts an experienced roster.

“In my 13 years here, I have never had this many seniors,” Athens head coach Christine Stanichuk said, as eight of the 14 players are seniors. “The leadership is beyond strong. The underclassmen, JV and freshman team really look up to them, and they handle that really well.”

Due to the seasoned lineup, Stanichuk did something unique this season. Usually the Red Hawks have only two captains, but the 2016 campaign features a trio of leaders.

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Published September 16, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The success the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball team had as a member of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division earned the team a promotion of sorts.

The Shorians moved into the MAC Blue Division, which also includes Utica High, Utica Ford II, Fraser High, Port Huron High and Sterling Heights High. 

Lake Shore joins the division after winning the MAC Gold in 2014 and 2015. The Shorians finished second in the MAC Gold in 2012 and 2013.

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Published September 15, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — There was no surprise in this gift, or parting gift, if you will.

After winning the Oakland Activities Association White Division in 2015, the West Bloomfield High volleyball team was granted the quick and predicted move to the Red this fall.

And now the fun begins.

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Published September 13, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — After being relegated down a division, the Rochester Adams volleyball team is looking to fight its way back up to the top of the Oakland Activities Association.

“We were moved down to the White this year, and I think the goal for any OAA team is that you want to play in the Red,” said head coach Bridgette Harding. “We want to finish high and finish strong, and obviously our goal would be to work our way back into the Red.”

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Published September 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The L’Anse Creuse North volleyball team has enjoyed a half-decade run of success.

The Crusaders have dominated their league, winning five straight Macomb Area Conference championships. Due to that, they have earned promotions, first moving from the MAC Gold to the Blue, and now to a tough White Division.

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Published September 14, 2016

UTICA — Featuring only two returning starters from last season, the Utica High volleyball team is looking to gain some valuable seasoning during the regular season.

“We have a very, very young group,” head coach Jeff LaPratt said. “We have only three seniors, so we have to learn to play together. They are cutting their teeth out there, learning the speed of the game to get experience, and they just have to play to get that.”

Despite the abundance of youth on the roster, LaPratt has challenged his squad with high aspirations.

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Published September 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The volleyball teams at the three St. Clair Shores high schools will battle once again in the yearly War in the Shores tournament.

The tournament, which features Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake, begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Lakeview.

The host Huskies are the defending champs after downing Lake Shore 2-1 in the championship match last year. Previously, Lake Shore had won seven straight War in the Shores titles.

At press time, Lakeview stood at 8-2-1. South Lake and Lake Shore had marks of 2-0 and 0-0, respectively.

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Published August 29, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville High senior outside hitter Autumn Anderson has seen the downs and is ready for the ups.

Anderson is in her third year with the volleyball team and is the most experienced player on the roster. Her first two seasons with the Panthers saw the team manage a total of three wins.

Last year’s team, which won one match, had zero seniors. This year’s squad features five, including captains Kaitlyn Hall (setter), Alex Terry-Martin (libero) and Anderson.

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Published August 29, 2016

WARREN — Warren Cousino volleyball has advanced to three straight Class A district finals.

The Patriots are 0-3 in those matches, and it’s starting to get to them, according to coach Eric Zwierzchowski.

“That’s been the discussion for the last three years — can we get over that hump and win a district title,” said Zwierzchowski. “We’ve gotten to three straight district finals and have come up short three times. It’s starting to hurt.

“It’s now or never. I feel like this is our year.”

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Published August 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For the past three seasons, St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball has been as successful as any program around.

In that span, the Huskies have won three Macomb Area Conference Silver Division titles, going 29-1 in the division in the process and 70-30-5 overall.

What has eluded the team is a district title. Last season, Lakeview ended with a loss to city rival St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a Class A district semifinal.

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Published August 26, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — After finishing in second place in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division for the last three seasons, the 2016 version of Madison Heights Lamphere’s volleyball team is attempting to take things one step further.

Since 2013, Lamphere has an overall record of 24-6 in MAC Silver play. Unfortunately for the Rams, St. Clair Shores Lakeview was 29-1 during that same time period.

Lamphere won’t have Lakeview to deal with this year, as the Huskies have been moved to the MAC Gold.

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Published August 26, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — This fall marks the first time that the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse volleyball team will play in a division other than the Macomb Area Conference Red Division since 2002, and fourth-year Lancers coach Derek Ledwidge thinks the move could be good for his team.

“Last year we were in a lot of games, but we couldn’t finish them out to pick up wins because we weren’t strong enough mentally,” said Ledwidge, whose team went 17-25 overall and 1-9 in the Red last season.

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Published November 25, 2015

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Another season has come and gone for the 36 volleyball teams in the Macomb Area Conference.

One MAC team, Romeo High, advanced all the way to the Class A state finals before falling to Novi High 3-1.

The MAC coaches have once again named their MVPs, Coaches of the Year and Sportsmanship award winners, in addition to All-League teams.


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Romeo senior Gia Milana earned league MVP honors. Romeo coach Stacey Williams was named Coach of the Year, and Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse received the Sportsmanship award.

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Published November 23, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After winning Class A district and regional championships, the season has come to a close for Grosse Pointe North’s volleyball team, as No. 1-ranked Novi High defeated the Norsemen 3-0 in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs Nov. 17 at West Bloomfield High.

Novi went on to win a state championship.

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Published November 20, 2015

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.

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Published November 19, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Weeks removed from the season finale, West Bloomfield High volleyball coach Dana Gray still beams about her team. 

The Lakers finished the year 31-10-1 overall and with a title it hadn’t claimed in two decades, winning the Oakland Activities Association White Division. 

The team’s last championship came in 1995.

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Published November 18, 2015

Southfield Christian volleyball’s postseason run came to an end following a loss to Lansing Christian 23-25, 8-25, 12-25 in a Class D regional semifinal Nov. 10 at Plymouth Christian.

“We started out well, and just lost momentum and didn’t recover,” Southfield Christian coach Mike Van Dyke said. “You always hope to play at your peak, and we just didn’t do it that match.”

In game 1, the Eagles led 23-18 before Lansing Christian made its comeback.

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