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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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Published October 5, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball coach Margaret Kwapicz admitted that her team struggled at the start of the season, but the squad is now finding its footing.

That’s vital, as the Shorians are competing to win a second straight Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title. The 2014 division title was the first for the program since 2009.

Lake Shore at press time sat at 7-4-1 overall and 3-1 in the MAC Gold.

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Published October 2, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Prior to the start of the season, Sterling Heights Stevenson volleyball players and coach Paul Drdul said they hoped to surprise people and opposing teams because the squad has such a young roster.

The roster comprises three freshmen, one sophomore, seven juniors and only two seniors. That young group has gotten off to a solid start. Through Oct. 1, Stevenson sat at 23-10 overall and 2-2 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

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Published September 22, 2015

Farmington Hills Harrison volleyball has started where it left off last season.

The Hawks were 11-3 at press time and 1-0 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division, which they’ve won the past two seasons.

“For having a lot of new faces from our JV and starting a freshman, I think we’re doing pretty well,” third-year coach Michael Love said.

The coach said his team’s biggest strength has been its chemistry.

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Published September 21, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Nick Juncaj has made his way to the top of the Roseville High volleyball program.

After spending time as the Panthers’ freshman and JV coach, Juncaj took over the school’s varsity volleyball team.

“I have a lot of passion and knowledge of the sport,” said Juncaj, whose team sat at 0-1 overall at press time. “I have a lot of family who has played volleyball too, so I’ve been around the game for a while. This year, I was offered the varsity coaching job, and I took it.”

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Published September 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last season, Chippewa Valley volleyball won its first district title since the 2005-06 season.

It was an accomplishment that not a lot of people outside of the program saw coming, as the Big Reds finished fifth in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

Head coach Melissa Criteser would like for last season’s achievement to continue to pay dividends.

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Published September 14, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Birmingham Groves volleyball coach Jenny Brown is seeing signs that this season may be the best of them all.

The fourth-year coach said this has been the Falcons’ best start, much of that confidence stemming from their finish at a tournament in Battle Creek on Aug. 21. Last season, Groves was knocked out in the lowest bracket of the event. This August, the Falcons made it all the way to the Silver Division semifinal.

“We went in there to see where we ranked, where we stood,” Brown said. “We definitely turned a few heads.

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Published September 10, 2015

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FERNDALE — Birmingham Groves volleyball swept through Ferndale High Sept. 10 in an Oakland Activities Association crossover.

The Falcons won 25-13, 25-9, 25-20.

"We had some very good moments out there, and some moments that we need to take back to practice and work on," Groves coach Jenny Brown said.

In the final game, the squads were tied at 13 until Groves' Julia Kalugar found an open spot on the floor for a kill. That started a 7-2 run for the Falcons.

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Published September 10, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Lamphere senior Jaclyn D’Arca remembers her first varsity volleyball match.

She was pulled up to the squad as a sophomore and admits it was a little intimidating taking the court.

“I was really scared, actually. My first game, I was in the back row and this girl slammed the ball right in front of me,” D’Arca said, laughing.

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Published September 8, 2015

ROCHESTER — Bridgette Harding may technically be new to the Rochester Adams varsity volleyball team, but she has plenty of experience with the Highlanders.

Harding has spent the last 13 years as the JV coach, biding her time, observing and taking notes on the best way to run a program.

The coach said she’s had opportunities to take the head job in the past, but with a young daughter, the timing was never right — until now.

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Published September 4, 2015

The new Berkley High volleyball coach laughed while describing her style of leadership.

“I like to talk a lot,” Chantelle Korson said. “I will always tell them that something could be better, but I will be their biggest cheerleader. … Initially, if the girls don’t know me well, they think I’m being really hard on them, but once they get that, they soak it up and they love it.”

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