Volleyball

Published November 4, 2016

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EASTPOINTE — Grosse Pointe North volleyball coach Chelsea Brozo said the team's Nov. 4 match against St. Clair Shores Lakeview was the first time in a long time that the team played like a unit.

The Norsemen picked the perfect time to exhibit continuity, picking up a 3-0 win against the Huskies to claim a second straight Class A district championship.

"They played well today," Brozo said. "They fought their hearts out. They weren't about to let this district title slip away."

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Published November 4, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball coach Margaret Kwapisz said she’s proud of how her team battled this season after the Shorians fell 3-1 to Lakeview Nov. 2 in a Class A district semifinal.

Lake Shore ended the season at 12-19-2 overall and 4-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division. The Shorians moved to the Blue this fall after winning back-to-back MAC Gold championships.

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Published November 2, 2016

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FARMINGTON — She called them a very good team, a “great team,” to be exact.

Dana Gray’s assessment of the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball squad proved to be pretty accurate Wednesday night as the Marlins ousted her West Bloomfield High group in straight sets from a Class A district semifinal at Farmington High.

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Published November 2, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A long-standing city rivalry continued Nov. 2 when the St. Clair Shores Lakeview and Lake Shore volleyball teams met in a Class A district semifinal hosted by Eastpointe East Detroit.

The Huskies avenged last year's semifinal loss to the Shorians, scoring a 3-1 win to advance to take on Grosse Pointe North in a district final set for 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at East Detroit. Grosse Pointe North (10-13-0) beat Warren Woods Tower (22-15-2) Nov. 2 to advance to the district final.

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Published November 2, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — With two meetings already in the books, the Farmington High and Farmington Hills Harrison volleyball teams will officially begin the postseason against each other.

Not a bad way to get into playoff mode.

“I feel like, come playoff time, anyone can lose any given day,” Farmington coach Katherine Drews said. “So that means anyone can win any given day. That’s the mindset we’re going into this one with, knowing that we have a chance if we play our game.”

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Published November 2, 2016

WALLED LAKE — The second season for the Walled Lake Central volleyball team officially begins Nov. 3 when the girls host Walled Lake Western in a playoff-opening Class A district semifinal.

The first part of this fall was nothing but a success for the Vikings, who capped it off Oct. 18 with their second Kensington Lakes Activities Association Lakes Conference championship in as many years.

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Published November 1, 2016

After a season of late nights, Saturday tournaments and practice preparation, the chance at the ultimate payoff has arrived.

The playoffs officially launched Oct. 31.

Here’s a quick look at each local team and what the district draws have in store.

Better late than never

As she spoke about the Class A playoffs last week, Royal Oak High coach Bridgette Sanborn and her young squad were still searching for their first victory of 2016.

Still, her confidence in her team was as high as ever.

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Published November 1, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights Stevenson volleyball team sat at 38-6-2 at press time — a record that shows the team has had a strong year.

The strength of the Titans campaign has been no more evident, though, than in the run through the Macomb Area Conference White Division.
Stevenson finished 10-0 in divisional play to win its first league title since 2012.

The Titans were dominant against MAC White competition — so dominant that the team didn’t drop one game in any of the matches.

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Published October 27, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Utica Ford II senior volleyball player Julia Malewicz has seen all the lows she wants to see as a four-year varsity player.

Malewicz and her teammates are now riding high as the team, at press time, sat at 21-3-1 overall and 8-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

The Falcons are in first place in the MAC Blue by one game over Fraser High. A division title would be the first for the team since 2009.

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Published October 25, 2016

Sterling Heights Stevenson remained undefeated in league play, sweeping Macomb L’Anse Creuse North on Oct. 18 in a Macomb Area Conference White Division affair.

But both teams were playing for more than just conference standings, as the two schools jointly honored a fallen coach.

Wendy Papenberg passed away on Aug. 22 after a fight with cancer. She served for 30 years, helming the volleyball and softball teams at Warren Woods Tower before spending nine seasons with Utica Ford II.

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Published October 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — Playoff time is approaching for the volleyball teams from Clinton Township Chippewa Valley and Fraser High.

Fraser hosts the Class A district, which includes the Big Reds in the field. 

Chippewa plays at 5 p.m. Oct. 31 in a first-round match against Utica Ford II.

After receiving a first-round bye, Fraser plays against Macomb Area Conference White Division champion Sterling Heights Stevenson at 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

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Published October 25, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — After a season of late nights, Saturday tournaments and practice preparation, the chance at the ultimate payoff is about to arrive.

The high school volleyball regular season has reached its final chapter, and in less than a week’s time, teams from across the state will meet with two simple goals in mind.

Win.

Advance.

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Published October 25, 2016

Local volleyball squads are getting ready to take the court for the district tournament.

In Class B, Hazel Park High received a bye and takes on the winner of Ferndale University High and Detroit University Prep at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Detroit Mumford.

Hazel Park coach Lisa McClellan said the postseason presents an opportunity for the Vikings to make some positive memories.

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Published October 24, 2016

The postseason is drawing near for the Berkley High and Ferndale High volleyball squads.

The Bears play Southfield Arts & Technology at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 in a Class A first-round district match hosted by Detroit Renaissance.

Ferndale plays a Class B first-round match at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 against host Detroit Mumford.

Berkley coach Chantelle Korson likes what she has been seeing from her team as the playoffs approach.

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Published October 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — There could be a meeting of city rivals for the second year in a row in a Class A district semifinal while the third St. Clair Shores Shores volleyball team battles in a Class B bracket.

Lake Shore and Lakeview play in the same Class A district, hosted by Eastpointe East Detroit.

The Shorians get the host Shamrocks in a district quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The winner plays the Huskies in a semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

The final is at 6 p.m. Nov. 4.

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Published October 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe South volleyball is going strong.

At press time, the Blue Devils were 20-8-1 overall and two games back of first place in the Macomb Area Conference White Division with a record of 5-2.

Head coach Kevin Nugent said South’s goals are to win the MAC White, along with district and regional titles.

Last season, South made it as far as the final game of a Class A regional tournament before being stopped by Livonia Churchill.

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Published October 14, 2016

Madison Heights Madison volleyball coach Michelle Stinson estimates that it has been at least 15 years since the program has won any kind of title.

As someone who has spent 30-plus years in the school district as a teacher and coach, she has a keen interest in changing that.
Stinson said winning a championship would be like putting a “cherry on the cake,” and she thinks that kind of accomplishment would benefit more than just her and her players.

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Published October 14, 2016

It could be a scary time for volleyball teams across the state later this month as the playoffs begin on Halloween.

That means a host of teams will have frightening endings to their 2016 campaigns, with district quarterfinals taking place Oct. 31.

The field will include all the teams from the Journal coverage area — Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse, Clinton Township Clintondale, Mount Clemens High and Macomb Lutheran North.

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Published October 13, 2016

WALLED LAKE — The Walled Lake Central volleyball team won its first-ever Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division title in 2015.

The girls figured if once was nice, why not do it again?

Well, that’s precisely what the Vikings did in 2016.

“We knew the ability to do this was there,” second-year coach Sarah Lindstrom said. “But we also knew it wouldn’t be easy.”

Central went 10-0 in North Division play a year ago.

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Published October 11, 2016

FRASER — Fraser High volleyball coach Kim Argiri-Slone said that the program’s first goal for this season was to win one league match.

While that goal may seem almost too simple, given that the Ramblers have gone 0-30 over the last three seasons competing in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and the MAC White, respectively, it is an understandable one.

Fraser has achieved that ambition, and then some, as at press time, the Ramblers were 5-1 in the MAC Blue and 10-12-1 overall.

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