Volleyball

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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Published September 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With only one loss in Macomb Area Conference divisional games over the past three seasons, there aren’t many goals left for Utica Eisenhower’s volleyball program when it comes to the regular season.

The Eagles went 10-0 in the MAC Blue in back-to-back seasons before claiming the MAC White with a 9-1 mark last year.

Despite its success, Eisenhower has been thwarted in district play the last two years by state powerhouse Romeo, which won the Class A state title last year.

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Published September 2, 2015

TROY — Troy Athens volleyball is excited to be in its new division and eager to show it belongs.

The Red Hawks went undefeated in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division last season and have been promoted to the OAA White.

“I’m really excited,” senior Danielle Stanichuk said. “This year is going to be a whole new level of play. They’re all powerful teams.”

Stanichuk captains the squad along with junior Alexis Van Hoef. They’re two of the four returning starters.

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Published September 2, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield High volleyball coach William Reed calls it “The Matrix moment,” aptly named after the 1999 film where the main character seemingly has the ability to slow time around him.

“Think before you do — that’s our motto this year,” Reed said Aug. 26 during practice. “‘The ball is coming. I’m slowing it down in my head and thinking what I’m going to do with it.’ That’ll help (the team) make better decisions rather than just reacting to the ball.”

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Published September 2, 2015

UTICA — Utica High volleyball has steadily improved over the past three seasons, but now coach Jeff Lapratt wants that improvement to come with some hardware.

In his fifth year as head coach, Lapratt hopes to build on a 28-win season a year ago that saw Utica take second in the Macomb Area Conference (MAC) Blue Division.

“It’s progressing nicely, but we have not won anything yet, and that is the goal,” Lapratt said.

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Published September 1, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Dakota volleyball team lost six players to graduation, but coach Tracie Ferguson said several players are ready to step into expanded roles.


“We’re interesting this year,” said Ferguson, who is in her eighth year with the program. “We were really young last year. We have a lot of players back, and that helps a ton.”

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Published August 28, 2015

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High volleyball coach Krysta Kreyger said her team is going to have to have strong intangibles if it is to have success in 2015.


“We’ve got to be a scrappy team,” said Kreyger, whose team went 14-12-1 overall and 6-4 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division in 2014.


Kreyger, who led the Shamrocks to a division title in 2013, said communication will be key to her team’s prospects. Players must talk to each other during games, making sure everyone is in the right spot to succeed.

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Published August 28, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball coach Tom Pfiefer said his team was frustrated after its 3-0 loss to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in a Class A district quarterfinal last fall.


The loss came after Pfiefer, who was in his first year back with the program in 2014, guided the Huskies to a 10-0 mark in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division and a division title.


“We were frustrated after districts,” Pfiefer said Aug. 21. “We didn’t come out and do what we expected to do.”

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Published August 28, 2015

WARREN — The Warren Cousino volleyball team has come very close to raising some banners in recent years.

The team finished second to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division in 2014 and has played in two straight district finals.

Patriots players and coach Eric Zwierzchowski are ready to take that next step, and they believe this is the year it happens.

Junior outside hitter Jessica Tocco is confident in her team’s ability to get the job done.

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Published August 28, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Derek Ledwidge is in his third year as head coach of the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse volleyball team. Success came early for the coach, as he guided the Lancers to a Macomb Area Conference Red Division title in 2013.

Last year was a bit different. Inconsistency led to the Lancers going 18-18-1, including a 2-8 mark in the MAC Red.

This season, Ledwidge has seven returning players, which he said will help in terms of continuity. He’s stressing continuous improvement over the course of the season as a means to improve.

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Published August 27, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Bishop Foley volleyball team moves seamlessly from one drill to another.

First-year coach Megan Gignac gives the orders and directions Aug. 26, and within seconds the Ventures are pounding shots over the net.

It’s all part of Gignac’s plan to mold the Ventures into a squad that takes the action to its opponents.

“I don’t like them standing around too much, so I keep them going,” Gignac said with a smile. “I keep it fast-paced to keep them on their toes.”

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Published August 24, 2015

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WARREN — The defending Class A state volleyball champion added another title to its mantle as Romeo High downed Macomb Dakota 2-0 in the finals of the 2015 Macomb County Volleyball Coaches Association Kickoff Classic.

The tournament, featuring 18 teams, took place Aug. 21 at the Michigan Elite Volleyball Camp in Warren.

Romeo, which beat Novi High in November 3-2 to win its first state title, beat Grosse Pointe North last year to win the MCVCA title.

Romeo is 3-0 coming out of the tournament. Dakota sits at 5-2.

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Published August 19, 2015

The volleyball season is upon us, with the first date of competition starting Aug. 21.

When it comes to league play, the Oakland Activities Association has done some minor shuffling of its divisions.

Here’s a look at where each team ended up and which teams come in as the favorites.

Red Division

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