Walled Lake Central volleyball maintains spot as a program on the rise

By: Mike Moore | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 10, 2016


WALLED LAKE — There will come a time when Novi High won’t be this dominant.

And when that day arrives, Sarah Lindstrom and her Walled Lake Central volleyball team will be ready to pounce.

“We can be that team that others fear, because of how we work and how we play,” Lindstrom said one day after the Vikings’ season came to a close in a regional semifinal loss to Novi Nov. 8. 

As it is in Class A volleyball right now, though, Novi is in a class of its own. 

The Wildcats improved to 36-1-0 with the victory and kept their hopes for a second state title alive and well.

“I really think the better team won,” Lindstrom said simply. “We did everything in our power. But when you look at some of the matchups, and then we have an injury, it’s tough. That is such a solid team. They have so few holes in their lineup.”

Novi took the match in three games by scores of 25-13, 25-22 and 25-15.

“We talked afterwards, even beforehand. We knew after this was over, no matter what, we were going to have a positive season,” Lindstrom said. “Obviously, we wanted to keep going, but it was a great year.”

The loss closed the Vikings’ campaign with a 27-17-1 final record.

“Central was a volleyball powerhouse a while ago,” Lindstrom said. “Then there were some tough times. But I think we’re in the middle of creating something special here, a program people want to be part of.”

The team hasn’t lost a division game in two years, has won consecutive conference titles and was playing in the regional round for the second year in a row.

“And we’re going to return the majority of our starting lineup,” Lindstrom said. “Our JV and freshman program had good years too. And I had people ask me how long Novi can be this good and when we can pass them. I think the fact we’re building this program around hard work, passion and skill shows kids in the area the success we can have. There’s a ton of hope around here for the future.”