Volleyball

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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Published October 27, 2015

Utica Eisenhower extended its streak of Macomb Area Conference division titles by defeating Anchor Bay in four sets on Tuesday net.

The Eagles took the first two sets 25-21 and 25-16 before Anchor Bay forced a fourth set by taking the third 25-20. Eisenhower took leads of 7-1 and 13-4 to control the fourth set.

“That’s been one of our biggest challenges, every game that we played I think we lost the first point or two, so that was huge,” Eisenhower coach Caitlin LaPratt said of the start to the fourth set.

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Published October 27, 2015

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WARREN — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball coach Margaret Kwapicz before her team's regular season finale Oct. 27 at Warren Cousino said she wanted her team to win the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division outright.

Cousino had other plans, as the Patriots downed Lake Shore 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 12-25, 25-21).

The Patriots end the season at 4-6 in the MAC Gold, good for third place. Lake Shore ends divisional play at 8-2 and shares the Gold title with Marine City, which downed Warren Woods Tower 3-1 Oct. 27.

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Published October 27, 2015

The volleyball postseason is just around the corner. Here’s a look at where Troy High, Troy Athens, Auburn Hills Avondale, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Madison Heights Bishop Foley will be playing.

All matches are at the host school unless otherwise noted.

Class A at Bloomfield Hills High

Bloomfield Hills Marian and Birmingham Groves open up play at 5 p.m. Nov. 2. The winner takes on Bloomfield Hills in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

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Published October 23, 2015

The volleyball postseason is just around the corner. Here’s a look at where Hazel Park High, Madison Heights Lamphere and Madison Heights Bishop Foley open play.

Class B
Lamphere opens district play with state power Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

The Rams and Fighting Irish clash at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Prep.

Prep has won two state championships in the past eight seasons, with the most recent coming in 2013. Last season, Prep fell in the semifinals to eventual state champion North Branch High.

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Published October 21, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior setter Emily Haas said she and her teammates at this point in the season have one thing on their minds: a district title.


The Huskies volleyball team has never won a district championship. Haas said that’s always top of mind for every player on the squad.


“We think about winning a district title every day,” Haas said. “Coach is always reminding us of it.”

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Published October 20, 2015

Admittedly, it’s not a position that Berkley High volleyball coach Chantelle Korson thought her team would be in.

At press time, the Bears were 2-7 overall and 0-7 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“We’ve been competing with teams, but just not able to finish,” Korson said, noting that the squad has also lacked a full lineup many times due to injuries.

The coach added that the positive is that a lot of her girls have learned and played multiple positions, giving the squad some depth.

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Published October 16, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — There comes a point in the season when something happens to a team that can change its fortunes — a turning point that makes something click with a squad.

That moment for the Sterling Heights High volleyball team could have been a 3-2 win over Utica High Oct. 13. Utica entered the game in first place in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division. Sterling Heights High sat in third place.

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Published October 15, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — It was a lesson learned for the Southfield-Lathrup volleyball team.


Walking out of the Hazel Park High gym Oct. 6 after a loss in four games, the Chargers came to a realization.


“I think they found out that if the small things are not done correctly, they can cause you to lose,” coach Kirk Bagg said. “I think it was actually a positive thing.”


Bagg noted that the following practice had a different tone.

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Published October 8, 2015

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UTICA — The Macomb L'Anse Creuse North volleyball team has won four straight division titles.

Naturally, the Crusaders want to keep that streak alive. A Sept. 15 3-1 loss to Utica High put the run in jeopardy, though, as LCN entered an Oct. 8 rematch with the Chieftains one match behind in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division standings.

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Published October 8, 2015

After losing the first two games to Ferndale High, Hazel Park High volleyball coach Lisa McClellan took a moment to speak with her team.

“The first two games, we lost because we were playing like a group of girls that wouldn’t play together,” she said.

The Vikings then found their stride, ripping off three wins in a row to take the Sept. 29 match.

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