Volleyball

Published September 14, 2016

UTICA — Featuring only two returning starters from last season, the Utica High volleyball team is looking to gain some valuable seasoning during the regular season.

“We have a very, very young group,” head coach Jeff LaPratt said. “We have only three seniors, so we have to learn to play together. They are cutting their teeth out there, learning the speed of the game to get experience, and they just have to play to get that.”

Despite the abundance of youth on the roster, LaPratt has challenged his squad with high aspirations.

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Published September 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The volleyball teams at the three St. Clair Shores high schools will battle once again in the yearly War in the Shores tournament.

The tournament, which features Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake, begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Lakeview.

The host Huskies are the defending champs after downing Lake Shore 2-1 in the championship match last year. Previously, Lake Shore had won seven straight War in the Shores titles.

At press time, Lakeview stood at 8-2-1. South Lake and Lake Shore had marks of 2-0 and 0-0, respectively.

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Published August 29, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville High senior outside hitter Autumn Anderson has seen the downs and is ready for the ups.

Anderson is in her third year with the volleyball team and is the most experienced player on the roster. Her first two seasons with the Panthers saw the team manage a total of three wins.

Last year’s team, which won one match, had zero seniors. This year’s squad features five, including captains Kaitlyn Hall (setter), Alex Terry-Martin (libero) and Anderson.

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Published August 29, 2016

WARREN — Warren Cousino volleyball has advanced to three straight Class A district finals.

The Patriots are 0-3 in those matches, and it’s starting to get to them, according to coach Eric Zwierzchowski.

“That’s been the discussion for the last three years — can we get over that hump and win a district title,” said Zwierzchowski. “We’ve gotten to three straight district finals and have come up short three times. It’s starting to hurt.

“It’s now or never. I feel like this is our year.”

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Published August 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For the past three seasons, St. Clair Shores Lakeview volleyball has been as successful as any program around.

In that span, the Huskies have won three Macomb Area Conference Silver Division titles, going 29-1 in the division in the process and 70-30-5 overall.

What has eluded the team is a district title. Last season, Lakeview ended with a loss to city rival St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a Class A district semifinal.

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Published August 26, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — After finishing in second place in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division for the last three seasons, the 2016 version of Madison Heights Lamphere’s volleyball team is attempting to take things one step further.

Since 2013, Lamphere has an overall record of 24-6 in MAC Silver play. Unfortunately for the Rams, St. Clair Shores Lakeview was 29-1 during that same time period.

Lamphere won’t have Lakeview to deal with this year, as the Huskies have been moved to the MAC Gold.

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Published August 26, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — This fall marks the first time that the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse volleyball team will play in a division other than the Macomb Area Conference Red Division since 2002, and fourth-year Lancers coach Derek Ledwidge thinks the move could be good for his team.

“Last year we were in a lot of games, but we couldn’t finish them out to pick up wins because we weren’t strong enough mentally,” said Ledwidge, whose team went 17-25 overall and 1-9 in the Red last season.

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Published November 25, 2015

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Another season has come and gone for the 36 volleyball teams in the Macomb Area Conference.

One MAC team, Romeo High, advanced all the way to the Class A state finals before falling to Novi High 3-1.

The MAC coaches have once again named their MVPs, Coaches of the Year and Sportsmanship award winners, in addition to All-League teams.


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Romeo senior Gia Milana earned league MVP honors. Romeo coach Stacey Williams was named Coach of the Year, and Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse received the Sportsmanship award.

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Published November 23, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After winning Class A district and regional championships, the season has come to a close for Grosse Pointe North’s volleyball team, as No. 1-ranked Novi High defeated the Norsemen 3-0 in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs Nov. 17 at West Bloomfield High.

Novi went on to win a state championship.

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Published November 20, 2015

The Rochester Hills Stoney Creek volleyball team had a special season, and to top it off, two players signed their National Letters of Intent to play at the next level Nov. 11 at the high school.

Gabi Cuckovich and Alexa Tomlak have signed on to play for West Virginia University and the University of Alabama, respectively.

Stoney Creek coach Mandy Moran expects the duo to succeed at their new schools, much like they helped lead the Cougars to a 30-14 overall mark and a co-championship in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

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Published November 19, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Weeks removed from the season finale, West Bloomfield High volleyball coach Dana Gray still beams about her team. 

The Lakers finished the year 31-10-1 overall and with a title it hadn’t claimed in two decades, winning the Oakland Activities Association White Division. 

The team’s last championship came in 1995.

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Published November 18, 2015

Southfield Christian volleyball’s postseason run came to an end following a loss to Lansing Christian 23-25, 8-25, 12-25 in a Class D regional semifinal Nov. 10 at Plymouth Christian.

“We started out well, and just lost momentum and didn’t recover,” Southfield Christian coach Mike Van Dyke said. “You always hope to play at your peak, and we just didn’t do it that match.”

In game 1, the Eagles led 23-18 before Lansing Christian made its comeback.

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Published November 17, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Novi High's volleyball team has advanced to a Class A semifinal with a 3-0 victory against Grosse Pointe North in a quarterfinal matchup Nov. 17 at West Bloomfield High.

The Wildcats face Grand Rapids Christian at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 19 at Kellog Arena in Battle Creek.

Novi came away with victories of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-19.

While North coach Chelsea Brozo would have preferred to be making a trip to Battle Creek, from her perspective, the experience the Norsemen gained could benefit the program next season.

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Published November 17, 2015

As Troy Athens volleyball coach Christine Stanichuk said, it was too little, too late in the Class A regional semifinal.

The Red Hawks fell to Utica Stevenson 25-16, 25-13, 26-24.

“We battled back, but you don’t want to be down the first two games and then have to try and fight back. Stevenson was tough. They played great,” Stanichuk said. “We went in there confident; I’m not taking anything away from my team.”

In the final game, there were 18 ties and nine lead changes. Athens led 19-14 at one point.

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Published November 17, 2015

NOVI — As is tradition when the season comes to a close, the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team walked hand in hand and took a bow in front of their fans, receiving a standing ovation.

The Marlins had just fallen to Novi High in three games Nov. 12 in a Class A regional final.

“Our girls did everything we wanted — no regrets,” Farmington Hills Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said of the match.

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Published November 13, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball team had another solid season in 2015.

The Shorians went 8-2 to win a second straight Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title. The streak comes after Lake Shore hadn’t won a division title since 2009.

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Published November 13, 2015

FRASER — Third-year Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse volleyball coach Derek Ledwidge said his team battled all season despite several drawbacks.

It was a young group with only two seniors, but the girls fought the injury bug, and its setters — sophomore Hannah Eberhard and junior Olivia Thompson — had to learn the position on the fly.

“We had to play really hard for every point because of those drawbacks,” Ledwidge said. “For the most part, the team kept driving forward even though they didn’t obtain too many wins.”

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Published November 12, 2015

ROMEO—Back-to-back isn’t just a song by Canadian rap artist Drake. It’s also a dream that’s one step closer to becoming reality for the Romeo High volleyball team.

Romeo (44-5-2) defeated Utica Eisenhower (41-13-1) in five sets, 25-21, 25-23, 13-25, 21-25, 15-8,  in a class A regional final at home on Nov. 12, increasing its chance of winning its second consecutive state title.

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Published November 12, 2015

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WARREN — The Grosse Pointe North volleyball team outlasted Sterling Heights Stevenson 3-2 in a hotly-contested Class A regional final Nov. 12 at Warren Cousino.

The Norsemen (28-11-4) advance to take on Novi High in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at West Bloomfield High.

Stevenson ends the season at 43-13.

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Published November 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — Livonia Churchill won a Class A regional volleyball championship with a 3-1 victory against Grosse Pointe South Nov. 12 at South.

The Chargers face either Ann Arbor Huron or Monroe High in a quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Gibraltar Carlson.

Despite losing the first set 25-13, South came back to take the second 25-18, and were within striking distance in each of the other two sets, losing 25-21 and 25-22.

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