Young L’Anse Creuse volleyball team gave its all in 2015, coach says

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 13, 2015

 The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse volleyball team fell one win short of a district title, falling 3-0 to Sterling Heights Stevenson Nov. 6. Pictured is Lancers senior outside hitter Sarah Hamming looking to set up a teammate during a Nov. 4 district semifinal win over Fraser High.

The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse volleyball team fell one win short of a district title, falling 3-0 to Sterling Heights Stevenson Nov. 6. Pictured is Lancers senior outside hitter Sarah Hamming looking to set up a teammate during a Nov. 4 district semifinal win over Fraser High.

Photo by Sean Work

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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.”

L’Anse Creuse’s season came to an end in a 3-0 loss to Sterling Heights Stevenson in a Class A district final Nov. 6 at Fraser High. The Lancers ended the season at 17-25. L’Anse Creuse beat Fraser High 3-2 Nov. 4 to advance to the district final.

The Lancers last won a district title in 2013 — Ledwidge’s first year.

On the Stevenson match, Ledwidge said his team’s opponent earned the win.

“We didn’t give it to them,” Ledwidge said. “All season, we had been inconsistent in giving away easy points. For the majority of the (district final) match, Stevenson earned every point.”

L’Anse Creuse loses two seniors to graduation in outside hitters Rachel Peet and Sarah Hamming.

Eleven players are eligible to return next season, including seven juniors. Eberhard and Thompson will return with a full season under their belts.

“Having the majority of the team back next year will be a major plus,” Ledwidge said. “The level of effort we tried to instill in the team this year should still be within everyone.

“In order to compete, however, we need to have consistency at the setter position. Having both my setters back to work with the offense should be good. The learning year will be behind them.”

For continuous coverage of the state volleyball playoffs, check www.candgnews.com.

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