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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Published September 13, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Utica Stevenson volleyball team is off to a strong start this season.

After winning the Aug. 19 MAC Kickoff tournament, the Titans were 17-0-2 at press time. With an experienced group — nine players returned from last year’s 29-16-6 campaign — coach Paul Drdul said he likes what he’s seeing early on.

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Published September 7, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Take a glance at the 2011 St. Clair Shores South Lake volleyball roster and you’ll notice it immediately: The Cavaliers are a very young team.

Symone Hicks and Margaret Elias are the only two seniors on the squad. The rest of the roster is a mix of mostly juniors, a few more sophomores and one freshman. At press time, however, coach Liza Rogers hadn’t finalized the team.

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Published August 30, 2011

Utica Eisenhower is determined to recapture what made its volleyball program one of the Macomb Area Conference’s and state’s standout squads.

Two seasons ago the Eagles had the right ingredients — six seniors, a high-octane offense and court chemistry — to go far, finishing the season 39-10-3 and making the program’s first state quarterfinal appearance.

This year has the makings of another special season.

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Published August 26, 2011

FRASER — Last year, seven was a lucky number for the Fraser High volleyball team.

Seven seniors led the Ramblers to a 49-3-4 season that saw the squad go undefeated in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division to win its first league title since 2004 and claim its 17th district title.

In fact, the squad didn’t drop a single game all year until the regional final, and even then, the Ramblers came out winners.

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Published February 9, 2011

Roxy Duzey’s face was lit with a seemingly permanent smile on what may have been the most important day in her young life.

It wasn’t just any February day; it was signing day for Duzey and her Sterling Heights High friend and teammate Kate Czopek, who both committed to play volleyball at the next level.

Duzey inked her commitment letter to the University of Madonna, while Czopek signed with Saginaw Valley State University.

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