Published April 14, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Love at first sight doesn’t only apply to people and interpersonal relationships.

For Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Grace Cooke, it applies to her feelings once she set foot onto the campus of Colorado Springs-based Colorado College. Cooke, a member of the Chippewa Valley chapter of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade-point average, earned an academic scholarship to the private school. Cooke will play volleyball at the school, as well.

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Published November 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTES — Grosse Pointe North used a tremendous comeback in the second game to defeat its crosstown rival, Grosse Pointe South, in three games, 25-18, 26-24, 25-18, to win a district title on Thursday evening.

After winning the first game, North fell behind 22-11 in the second, but North’s Christa Raicevich sparked the comeback by hitting three aces and three kills during the rally.

A kill by South’s Elizabeth Murphy gave the Blue Devils a 24-22 lead, but North won the final four points to take a 2-0 advantage.

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Published November 6, 2013

East Detroit High volleyball coach Krysta Kreyger said she has tried to keep her team grounded this season and put an emphasis on not making any one match bigger than the next.

“We placed an individual importance on each match,” said Kreyger, in her first year as Shamrocks volleyball coach. “We weren’t just looking at how many matches we needed to win to win a division title. We’ve looked at each match as a must-win.”

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Published November 4, 2013

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse volleyball team began its quest for a second straight Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A district title with a 3-0 win over Roseville High in a 2013 MHSAA Class A district quarterfinal played Nov. 4 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

The Lancers (29-7-2) advance to meet the host Shorians (21-8-4) in a district semifinal set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Lake Shore.

L'Anse Creuse ramped up its play after the first game, which it won 25-20. The Lancers won game two 25-9 and game three 25-11.

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Published October 16, 2013

EASTPOINTE — With 11 wins at press time — and a few weeks remaining in the 2013 regular season — the East Detroit High volleyball team had already surpassed last year’s win total of seven.

The Shamrocks sat at 11-7 at press time, including an unblemished 5-0 record in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division, good for first place.

East Detroit junior outside hitter and captain Victoria Grimes, in her third year with the team, said it’s great to experience some success with the team.

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Published October 2, 2013

FARMINGTON — In his second year as head volleyball coach at Farmington High, Michael Scott likes what he’s seeing.

“They’re learning to win. We’ve done some nice things, but we have a ways to go,” he said. “The talent on the team, as a staff, we think it’s pretty good.”

At press time, the Falcons were 9-4-3 overall and hadn’t played a match in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

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Published October 2, 2013

DETROIT — Wayne State University volleyball coach Phil Nickel is hoping to take the program somewhere it hasn’t been since 1994 — to the NCAA tournament.

And while it is possible to make it there without winning a conference championship, the only sure way for the Warriors to make the Division II national tournament in December is via coming away from the season as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) champs.

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Published September 25, 2013

FERNDALE — It’s a timed drill that the Ferndale High volleyball team has done since the beginning of the season.

The Eagles line up and have to execute 50 passes and then 50 sets, all while the stopwatch ticks away.

In the beginning of the year, Ferndale finished in more than 12 minutes. On Sept. 18 at practice, the Eagles cut the time in half, finishing in 6:12.

“That’s really good for us,” coach Stacy Schock said.

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Published September 25, 2013

North Farmington High volleyball coach Jessica Condeni knows that it’s not how you start the season, but how you finish that matters.

“With tournaments, at the end of the day, they really don’t mean anything. They are there for us to get better. We just have to stay positive and continue to get better, and we will — we’ll do that,” Condeni said as practice began Sept. 17. “Every day, they get better and they work very hard. They’re not intimidated by anything.”

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Published September 4, 2013

EASTPOINTE — First-year East Detroit High volleyball coach Krysta Kreyger said the players on the Shamrocks’ squad so far have shown they’re eager to learn and want to get better each time on the court.

Kreyger, who also coaches East Detroit’s girls basketball team, said their efforts are starting to show and that the team is starting to get noticeably better in different areas.

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Published November 2, 2012

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WARREN — Warren Fitzgerald’s remarkable season continued Nov. 2, as the Spartans defeated Hazel Park 3-1 in a Class B district final matchup, capturing the first district championship in the history of the volleyball program.


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Published October 23, 2012

Bloomfield HIlls Marian and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes won their respective Catholic High School League championships Oct. 22 at Madonna University.

Marian beat Farmington Hills Mercy 25-22, 25-14 and 25-8 for their third A-B championship in the last five years, ending the Marlins' streak of two straight.

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Published September 13, 2012

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Defending Macomb Area Conference Silver Division champion Lamphere began its title defense in convincing fashion, defeating Clawson 3-0 to open up league play.

The Rams (1-0 MAC Silver) never faced any real danger, opening up a double-digit lead in each of the sets, en route to victories of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-13.

Clawson (0-1 MAC Silver) was able to put together some sporadic rallies, but falling behind in each set proved to be too much for the Trojans to overcome.

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Published September 4, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It dawned on Bloomfield Hills Marian volleyball coach Irick Gardner just last evening.

“What I was trying to do is force a style that’s worked the last four or five years, but you know, I don’t have those types of players. You can’t run those styles with a different type of player,” he said during practice Aug. 27.

The Mustangs are young, which they’ve been before, but the difference comes in team height.

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Published November 19, 2011

Rockford High volleyball took Lake Orion High’s best shot and came out with the school’s first state title.

The Rams beat the Dragons 25-21, 25-23 and 25-10.

Rockford coach Kelly Delacher said his team had been working for this moment all season long.

“To see it come to fruition is amazing,” he said.

Rockford never trailed in the first game, but was behind as many as six points in the second, including a 22-19 deficit, but was able to prevail.

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Published November 18, 2011

For the first time in school history, Lake Orion High volleyball will battle for a Class A state title.

The Dragons, 54-12-3 overall, take on Rockford High (59-8)  at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 in Battle Creek at the Kellogg Center.

Lake Orion earned its spot after beating Oakland Activities Association rival Clarkston High 25-17, 16-25, 25-16 and 25-22 Nov. 17 in Battle Creek.

Check our website at www.candgnews.com for a full recap of the game and more photos of the action.

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Published November 16, 2011

LAKE ORION — Troy High volleyball coach Ed Ruhl knew his squad was capable of a season like the one he just witnessed.

The Colts lost in a Class A regional final Nov. 10 against host Lake Orion High.

“After they realized that they weren’t just a softball player that plays volleyball or a basketball player that plays volleyball, they realized that they could play and excel at the sport,” said Ruhl, who finished his second year with the program.

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Published November 16, 2011

FAIR HAVEN — Fraser High’s volleyball team’s long journey this season ended in a Nov. 8 Class regional semifinal, as the Ramblers fell to Macomb Dakota at Anchor Bay.

The team made substantial progress from the preseason to the postseason.

“From where we started at the beginning of the year, the expectations that we had, this team has come a long way from day one,” Fraser coach Melissa Criteser said.

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Published November 11, 2011

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For the first time since 1988, Lake Orion High volleyball is a Class A regional champ.

The Dragons beat Troy High 25-17, 25-21 and 25-21 Nov. 10 at home for the title.

“The girls have known since July (that we’d be hosting), so it’s been four months that we’ve been looking forward to this. It’s awesome,” Lake Orion coach Bob Howey said.

Lake Orion controlled each game, as its defense kept the Colts in check. Troy’s largest rally was four points in the third game.

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Published November 9, 2011

Sterling Heights High topped Detroit Cass Tech 3-1 in regional volleyball action Nov. 8 at Warren Mott. The Stallions won by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 26-24.

The Stallions will meet Livonia Stevenson in regional final action at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. According to Sterling Heights coach Eric Wachterhauser, anything his team accomplishes from this point on is just icing on the cake.

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