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Volleyball

Published November 6, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — “We picked a bad day to have a bad day.”

Those were the words of St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball coach Tom Pfiefer after his team’s 3-0 loss to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore Nov. 4 in a Class A district semifinal.

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Published November 6, 2015

The Warren Fitzgerald volleyball team took on Detroit Collegiate Prep in a Class B district final Nov. 6, after press time. To get to the district final, the Spartans (19-12 at press time) beat Ferndale High 3-0 Nov. 4 in a district semifinal.

The Center Line High volleyball team met St. Clair Shores South Lake in a Class B district final Nov. 6. To get to the finals, Center Line (18-22) beat Harper Woods High 3-0 Nov. 2 in a district quarterfinal and downed Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 3-1 Nov. 4 in a district semifinal.

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Published November 6, 2015

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

To get to the district final, the Lancers (17-24 at press time) beat Fraser High 3-2 in a Class A district semifinal Nov. 4 at Fraser. Stevenson (40-12 at press time) beat Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 3-1 Nov. 4 at Fraser to advance.

The Clinton Township Clintondale volleyball team saw its season end in a 3-0 loss to Algonac High in a Class B district quarterfinal played Nov. 3 at Algonac. The Dragons ended the season at 3-17.

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Published November 5, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball continued its dominance in district action.

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

In the deciding game, the Marlins led 16-10 before the Hawks started their rally to close the gap to 17-16, forcing Mercy coach Loretta Vogel to call a timeout.

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Published November 5, 2015

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ROYAL OAK—Troy Athens swept Warren Cousino 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 to win a Class A volleyball district title on Nov. 5 at Royal Oak High.

It was clear early that a win would not be easy to come by.

Athens broke open a 6-6 tie early in the first set with an 11-point run. Cousino then rallied back for 10 points, but ended up losing the set. In the other two sets, Cousino scored the first points, with the Red Hawks rallying from behind to claim the victory.

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Published November 5, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — East Detroit High volleyball coach Krysta Kreyger didn’t mince words when discussing her team’s 2015 season.

“This year was a roller coaster,” Kreyger said after her team’s season-ending 3-0 loss to St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a Class A district quarterfinal Nov. 2 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. “All year we were just trying to find out what worked and what didn’t.”

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Published November 5, 2015

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.

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Published November 4, 2015

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Stoney Creek and Utica Eisenhower earned straight-set victories against Utica High and Rochester Adams, respectively, in MHSAA Division 1 district semifinals on Wednesday night at Eisenhower.

In the night’s first match, Stoney Creek won 25-10, 25-19, 25-20.

The Cougars trailed 13-7 in the second set, but closed on an 18-6 run. Stoney used that momentum to begin the third set with an 8-1 run.

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Published November 4, 2015

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ROYAL OAK—Warren Cousino swept Royal Oak High in three sets Nov. 4 in a Class A volleyball district semifinal match at Royal Oak.

“We tried to play consistently, minimize our mistakes and force (Royal Oak) to make the mistakes,” said Cousino coach Eric Zwierzchowski. “We did that overall.”

The pivotal moment for Cousino came in the second set of the contest. Royal Oak took an early lead, but the Patriots rallied back from a seven-point deficit to win the set by a score of 25-19.

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Published November 4, 2015

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FRASER — The volleyball team from Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse has advanced to a Class A district final after defeating Fraser High 3-2 in a semifinal matchup Nov. 4 at Fraser.

The Lady Lancers move on to face Sterling Heights Stevenson in a match scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at Fraser.

Following the match, L’Anse Creuse coach Derek Ledwidge discussed his team’s opportunity to advance in the postseason.

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Published November 4, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball team picked the perfect time of the season to earn its first win over rival St. Clair Shores Lakeview.

After dropping three matches to the Huskies in the regular season, including a 2-1 loss in the annual War in the Shores tournament that ended a seven-year run, Lake Shore bested Lakeview 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-19) in a Class A district semifinal Nov. 4 at Lake Shore.

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Published November 3, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — District tournaments have begun for volleyball teams from around the state.

Locally, Chippewa Valley took on Utica Ford in the first round of a Class A district Nov. 2, after press time. The winner of that match advances to the semifinal round against Sterling Heights Stevenson at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Fraser High.

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Published November 2, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball coach Tom Pfiefer all season long has said the goal is for the team to win a postseason title, since the program has yet to do so.

The Huskies (36-11-3) started the 2015 postseason on a good note, picking up a 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-18) win over East Detroit High (6-15-0) in a Class A district quarterfinal Nov. 2 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

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Published November 2, 2015

CLAWSON — A bronze medal may mean third place in the Olympics, but to Clawson High volleyball, being the best of the “Bronze” means finishing ahead of the pack.

The Trojans ended the 2015 season with a perfect 10-0 record in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division and claimed their second consecutive season.

“We had lots of goals from the beginning of the season, and (winning the MAC Bronze) was our No. 1,” said Clawson co-coach Jessica Higbee. “They worked really hard as a unit to do that.”

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Published October 30, 2015

WARREN — Last season, the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball team ended its season with a 3-2 loss to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in a Class A district final.

Seven players on this team’s squad played in that district final setback. They still have the loss on their minds and are determined to see a different outcome this time around.

“We were so close last year,” Lake Shore senior captain and middle hitter Jessica Cummins said. “This year, we want the team, especially the seniors, to end the season on a high note.”

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Published October 30, 2015

WARREN — The season hasn’t gone as planned for the Warren Cousino volleyball team.

The Patriots, 5-10 at press time, have battled injuries much of the season and are working in a number of new players, according to coach Eric Zwierzchowski.

“It’s been a long year,” Zwierzchowski said. “Our expectations were very high, and we’ve fallen short of those. However, over the past few games, we’ve been doing very well.”

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Published October 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville High and East Detroit High volleyball teams have completed the regular season and now hope for extended stays in the postseason.

The 2015 state volleyball playoffs began Nov. 2. Roseville and East Detroit are both grouped into a Class A district hosted by St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

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Published October 29, 2015

WALLED LAKE — For the first time in more than a decade, Walled Lake Central volleyball reigned supreme in the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association Lake Conference.

At press time, the Vikings were 31-10-2 overall, including a 10-0 record in the KLAA North Division.

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Published October 27, 2015

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ROYAL OAK—In a game that featured intense hits, all-out digs and some nice blocking work on both sides, it was Royal Oak High who came out on top in four sets, 14-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20.

Royal Oak coach Bridgette Maynard said she attributes her team’s victory to their work in practice to prepare for districts.

“We’ve kind of just been pushing being strong offensively and being really aggressive… reading our hitters on defense so we can move around a lot faster,” Maynard said.

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Published October 27, 2015

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CLAWSON—Senior night. Parent’s night. A chance to go undefeated in league play after being crowned league champions just days earlier.

The stakes were high for Clawson High volleyball Oct. 27, and the Trojans rose to the challenge.

Clawson swept Mount Clemens in three sets, 25-6, 25-9, 24-15, to finish the season with a perfect 10-0 record in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze division, five days after clinching their second straight division title on Oct. 22 against Warren Fitzgerald.

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