West Bloomfield High senior Jenna Rogind celebrates a point as the bench erupts during a Division 1 district semifinal Oct. 31 against Troy Athens. The Lakers won the match before falling to Troy High in the district final.

West Bloomfield High senior Jenna Rogind celebrates a point as the bench erupts during a Division 1 district semifinal Oct. 31 against Troy Athens. The Lakers won the match before falling to Troy High in the district final.

Photo by Donna Agusti


West Bloomfield High volleyball coach reflects on season

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 9, 2018

 West Bloomfield High junior Delaney Lambert goes up to tip the ball in a Division 1 district semifinal against Troy Athens Oct. 31. West Bloomfield won the match 3-1.

West Bloomfield High junior Delaney Lambert goes up to tip the ball in a Division 1 district semifinal against Troy Athens Oct. 31. West Bloomfield won the match 3-1.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Throughout the season, the West Bloomfield High volleyball team used hard work, dedication and a family bond to reach its goals.

The Lakers finished the season with a 24-15 overall record after falling 3-0 to Troy High in a Division 1 district final Nov. 2 at Bloomfield Hills High.

During the regular season, the Lakers went undefeated in the Oakland Activities Association White Division to claim a league title. With the undefeated league record, they will move up to the OAA Red next season.

“Winning the OAA White was a lot of fun, and this team absolutely earned the win through and through, but what I am most proud of is what kind of work the team put in to get there,” Lakers coach Lauren DeLuyck-Forbes said. “It’s really all what you do day in and day out and the overall journey that matters. This team learned how far they can push themselves while going for this win, and continued to learn and rise to an even higher level of play after league play had concluded.”

The Lakers lose seven seniors but will retain two captains. Junior outside hitter Lauren King and sophomore setter Grace Allread will be expected to lead the team next season.

King led the team in kills and blocks, while Allread led in service aces and assists. On the season, King had 380 kills and 73 blocks, and Allread had 772 assists and 55 aces.

DeLuyck-Forbes noted that having leaders who know the game and what is expected is essential to being successful, especially as they move into a stronger division.

“It is crucial to have returning leadership to set the tone for next season and, in general, from year to year. With an incredibly competitive year ahead in 2019 in the OAA Red, the leadership of King and Allread will help immensely,” DeLuyck-Forbes said. “They know what the team culture is, how we do things on the court, and have the mental toughness to be incredibly instrumental in leading the team through next season.”

As the offseason gets going, DeLuyck-Forbes is looking forward to seeing her players get better. Most of her players will begin club play in December, which goes until June.

In March, DeLuyck-Forbes will set up small group sessions with returning players. She will also facilitate a conditioning and weightlifting program to get her team prepared for the OAA Red.

DeLuyck-Forbes expects her players to work harder than they ever have before to be ready for next season. She is excited about what the future holds and knows the program is heading in the right direction.

“Next season, I expect us to compete at a high level and train even harder than this year. As we rise to the OAA Red, the expectation is that we will have to work even harder and be ready to face new challenges head-on. I expect next year to be intense and full of great matches,” DeLuyck-Forbes said.

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