Volleyball

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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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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