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Volleyball

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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Published October 12, 2016

After a standout volleyball career at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, Emily Nieman is continuing her craft on the court at Saginaw Valley State University.

“I am living my childhood dream of playing high-level NCAA ball while getting my teaching degree,” Nieman said. “I have to give a lot of credit to my high school coach, Gary Malburg. My experience at LCN really helped me prepare to play at the next level.”

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Published October 11, 2016

With the postseason drawing closer, Berkley High volleyball coach Chantelle Korson said things have been looking great for the Bears.

Berkley finished 5-2 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, finishing second behind Rochester High.

Helping to make Korson’s job easier is the continuity she has developed with her five seniors. Although Korson is in just her second year as varsity head coach, she previously led Berkley’s JV program, where she had the opportunity to work with her current seniors.

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Published October 6, 2016

With the playoffs drawing near, the volleyball teams from Madison Heights Bishop Foley and Madison Heights Lamphere have each enjoyed successful regular season campaigns.

At press time, Foley coach Megan Gignac estimated her team’s record to be 26-2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Catholic High School League AA Division.

Lamphere was 13-5 overall and 5-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.

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Published October 4, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s volleyball team protected its home court with a 3-0 win against Madison Heights Lamphere Oct. 4.

With the exception of one point, the Ventures never trailed Lamphere.

Foley won the first game 25-9, before following that up with victories of 25-7 and 25-15.

After going through some recent struggles, Foley coach Megan Gignac thinks the Ventures got their groove back.

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Published October 3, 2016

UTICA — After four straight division crowns, the Utica Eisenhower volleyball team earned a promotion to the Macomb Area Conference Red Division this season.

“The expectations always remain the same,” Eisenhower head coach Caitlin Maloney said. “We give 100 percent effort in everything we do and make sacrifices for the greater good of the team. With the move, we are hoping to continue to play strong and be a contender for that league championship, as well as make a deep playoff run.”

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Published September 29, 2016

TROY — The Troy High volleyball team had a tough campaign last season, failing to win a league game. As a result, the Colts were demoted from the Oakland Athletics Association Red to the White.

However, Troy is making the most of the situation this year, aiming to climb back into their old division.

“We want to win the White, and we plan on moving back up next season,” junior Kelsey Moeller said. “This team is a very close group, and we know what we can do.”

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Published September 27, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Seasons changed, the roster turned over, albeit slightly.

But other than that, it’s been business as usual for the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team.

Dominant for most of 2015, well, the girls are at it again in 2016.

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Published September 26, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The 2015 Sterling Heights Stevenson volleyball team was just a couple of points away from the school’s first regional championship since 1988.

The feeling after the 3-2 loss to Grosse Pointe North in the Class A title match is one that Titans senior setter Shannon Carr and her teammates don’t want to have this season.

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