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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Published November 7, 2011

The state volleyball tournament got under way across the state last week with the playing of the district round.

Locally, Eastpointe East Detroit took the court in the Class A Grosse Pointe North district. After drawing a bye, the Shamrocks fell to the host team 25-12, 25-7 and 25-7 a district semifinal match. Grosse Pointe South defeated St. Clair Shores Lakeview in other half of the draw, setting up a North-South final Nov. 3, when the Norsemen advanced to regionals after a 3-2 victory.

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Published October 5, 2011

UTICA — Hoping to prove true the old saying that, “two heads are better than one,” Jeff LaPratt and Lisa Sanford have joined forces at Utica High in an effort to lead the volleyball squad back to its glory days.

LaPratt, who has coached JV basketball at Utica and volleyball for the past eight years at Heritage Junior High, serves as the motivator and disciplinarian, while Sanford, who previously coached at Utica Ford II for four years and played volleyball at Central Michigan University, brings a player standpoint to the coaching tandem.

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Published September 28, 2011

The core of the West Bloomfield High volleyball team has put its time in on the court over the years, and coach Julian Wargo believes the Lakers are ready to turn that experience into a championship.

“When you have eight returning players, six of them are seniors, they want to go out on a high note,” he said. “They want to be part of something bigger, and I know that’s what they’re working hard towards.”

At press time, West Bloomfield was 1-0 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division and 3-6-2 overall.

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Published September 21, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Chippewa Valley volleyball squad certainly has had more than its share of struggles in recent years.

In the past two seasons the Big Reds went 21-56-13, finishing in the bottom half of league standings.

This year, coach Bill Rice senses Chippewa Valley might be turning the corner.

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Published September 19, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Don’t be fooled by the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball roster.

Things aren’t always what they seem.

This junior-heavy squad features three sophomores and has just one senior — however, experience abounds.

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