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Volleyball

Published November 17, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Novi High's volleyball team has advanced to a Class A semifinal with a 3-0 victory against Grosse Pointe North in a quarterfinal matchup Nov. 17 at West Bloomfield High.

The Wildcats face Grand Rapids Christian at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 19 at Kellog Arena in Battle Creek.

Novi came away with victories of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-19.

While North coach Chelsea Brozo would have preferred to be making a trip to Battle Creek, from her perspective, the experience the Norsemen gained could benefit the program next season.

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Published November 17, 2015

As Troy Athens volleyball coach Christine Stanichuk said, it was too little, too late in the Class A regional semifinal.

The Red Hawks fell to Utica Stevenson 25-16, 25-13, 26-24.

“We battled back, but you don’t want to be down the first two games and then have to try and fight back. Stevenson was tough. They played great,” Stanichuk said. “We went in there confident; I’m not taking anything away from my team.”

In the final game, there were 18 ties and nine lead changes. Athens led 19-14 at one point.

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Published November 17, 2015

NOVI — As is tradition when the season comes to a close, the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team walked hand in hand and took a bow in front of their fans, receiving a standing ovation.

The Marlins had just fallen to Novi High in three games Nov. 12 in a Class A regional final.

“Our girls did everything we wanted — no regrets,” Farmington Hills Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said of the match.

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Published November 13, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball team had another solid season in 2015.

The Shorians went 8-2 to win a second straight Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title. The streak comes after Lake Shore hadn’t won a division title since 2009.

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Published November 13, 2015

FRASER — Third-year Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse volleyball coach Derek Ledwidge said his team battled all season despite several drawbacks.

It was a young group with only two seniors, but the girls fought the injury bug, and its setters — sophomore Hannah Eberhard and junior Olivia Thompson — had to learn the position on the fly.

“We had to play really hard for every point because of those drawbacks,” Ledwidge said. “For the most part, the team kept driving forward even though they didn’t obtain too many wins.”

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Published November 12, 2015

ROMEO—Back-to-back isn’t just a song by Canadian rap artist Drake. It’s also a dream that’s one step closer to becoming reality for the Romeo High volleyball team.

Romeo (44-5-2) defeated Utica Eisenhower (41-13-1) in five sets, 25-21, 25-23, 13-25, 21-25, 15-8,  in a class A regional final at home on Nov. 12, increasing its chance of winning its second consecutive state title.

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Published November 12, 2015

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WARREN — The Grosse Pointe North volleyball team outlasted Sterling Heights Stevenson 3-2 in a hotly-contested Class A regional final Nov. 12 at Warren Cousino.

The Norsemen (28-11-4) advance to take on Novi High in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at West Bloomfield High.

Stevenson ends the season at 43-13.

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Published November 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — Livonia Churchill won a Class A regional volleyball championship with a 3-1 victory against Grosse Pointe South Nov. 12 at South.

The Chargers face either Ann Arbor Huron or Monroe High in a quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Gibraltar Carlson.

Despite losing the first set 25-13, South came back to take the second 25-18, and were within striking distance in each of the other two sets, losing 25-21 and 25-22.

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Published November 12, 2015

NOVI — Novi High volleyball is one step closer to returning to the Class A state final.

The Wildcats beat Farmington Hills Mercy 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 for a regional championship Nov. 12 on their home floor.

Last season, Novi lost to Romeo High in five games in the state final.

“It’s in the very back of our mind,” Novi coach Jennifer Cotrill admitted. “It’s nice to get out of this regional.”

The Wildcats dominated the first two games thanks to a strong showing at the net and with the serve.

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Published November 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — The volleyball teams from Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South have each won district championships.

North and South won Class A titles, with South beating Detroit Cass Tech 3-2 Nov. 6 at Hamtramck High, and North defeating St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 3-0 Nov. 6 at Lake Shore.

The Norsemen won all three of their district playoff matches 3-0. 

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Published November 11, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — The volleyball teams from Clinton Township Chippewa Valley and Fraser High have wrapped up their respective seasons, with both programs making it as far as the Class A district semifinals.

Fraser lost to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 3-2; Sterling Heights Stevenson beat Chippewa Valley 3-1.

Both matches took place Nov. 4 at Fraser.

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Published November 11, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — The volleyball postseason is in full swing. Here’s a look at how local squads performed in their local district tournaments. 

 

Class A at Southfield-Lathrup
Though it was a loss, Southfield-Lathrup coach Kirk Bagg was proud of the effort his team gave in its final match.

The Chargers fell to Detroit Renaissance in three games Nov. 4 in a semifinal.

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Published November 11, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Two of the volleyball teams in the Sterling Heights Sentry coverage area played in district finals after press time.

The Sterling Heights Stevenson volleyball team took on Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in a Class A district final Nov. 6.

The Titans beat Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 3-1 Nov. 4 to advance. The Lancers beat Fraser High 3-2 Nov. 4 to advance. Stevenson (40-12 at press time) and L’Anse Creuse (17-24 at press time) had first-round byes.

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Published November 10, 2015

The champs are still alive.

After being pushed to the brink of elimination, Romeo High turned to its Miss Volleyball candidate to rally past Lake Orion High for a five-set victory in a MHSAA Class A regional semifinal Tuesday night.

Lake Orion led 13-10 in the fifth set before Romeo senior Gia Milana hit five kills to lead her team to a 16-14 victory.

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Published November 10, 2015

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WARREN — Grosse Pointe North’s volleyball team has advanced to a Class A regional final following a 3-1 victory against Bloomfield Hills High in the semifinal round Nov. 10 at Warren Cousino.

The Norsemen move on to face Sterling Heights Stevenson at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Cousino.
North won the first set 27-25, the third set 25-20 and the fourth set 25-21. The Black Hawks took the second set 25-20.

Coach Chelsea Brozo discussed the excitement that has surrounded North's program during its playoff run.

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Published November 10, 2015

Annabella Arcari has been one of Utica Eisenhower’s go-to players throughout the postseason, and she came up big when her team needed it most in a five-set victory against Fenton High in a regional semifinal on Tuesday night.

Arcari had 12 blocks and 10 kills to lead the Eagles, who defeated Fenton 23-35, 25-13, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12.

“She was huge, there were a few times where her approach was off, but when we needed her to get the job done, she came through for us,” Eisenhower coach Caitlin LaPratt said of Arcari.

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Published November 10, 2015

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WARREN — The Sterling Heights Stevenson volleyball team thwarted a furious rally by Troy Athens in Game 3 of a Class A regional semifinal on its way to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 26-24) win in a match played Nov. 10 at Warren Cousino.

Stevenson (42-12) advances to take on either Grosse Pointe North or Bloomfield Hills High in a regional final set for Nov. 12 at Cousino.

Athens ends the season at (14-12-1).

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Published November 10, 2015

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ROYAL OAK—Troy Athens volleyball still hasn’t forgotten about 2014’s district loss to Troy High.

In fact, the Red Hawks are using last year’s setback against their crosstown rival as fuel for a postseason run in 2015 — and they’re already off to a good start.

On Nov. 4, Athens defeated Warren Cousino in a Class A district final at Royal Oak High, marking Athens’ second district title in three years.

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Published November 10, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It was another volleyball district final and another Farmington Hills Mercy championship.

The Marlins beat Farmington Hills Harrison 21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19 for the Class A title Nov. 5 at West Bloomfield High.

It marked the 16th straight district championship for the program.

Coach Loretta Vogel credited the players’ ability over the years to not get too high or low and adjust to the flow of the match.

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Published November 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Much like a point guard on the basketball court, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek setter Alexa Tomlak is best at guiding her teammates to the perfect spot for shot attempts.

In a straight-set victory in an MHSAA Division 1 district semifinal against Utica High, Tomlak served up 26 assists, the majority of which went to outside hitters Lindsey Stration (10 kills) and Sammy Sattmann (16 kills).

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