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Kubiak Comes Back, Twice, to Lead Mustangs

Kubiak Comes Back, Twice, to Lead Mustangs
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Mikaela Kubiak is a fierce competitor on the volleyball court. But the Portage Central senior setter had an even harder fight off the court her first two seasons. Kubiak, who has been instrumental in the Mustangs’ run to a 23-3 start and No. 5 ranking in Class A...
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Performance: Buchanan's Franki Strefling

Performance: Buchanan's Franki Strefling
Friday, September 16, 2016
Buchanan has risen to join the state's elite volleyball programs during Franki Strefling's four years as captain.  She earned the Michigan National Guard "Performance of the Week" for helping the No. 3-ranked Bucks past nemesis Battle Creek Harper Creek at the Bat...
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Block, Spike, Set: Phillips Does it All

Block, Spike, Set: Phillips Does it All
Friday, September 16, 2016
Juliana Phillips is diversifying her game on the volleyball court this season. The 6-foot-4 Traverse City St. Francis senior, one of the top players in the state, is now setting for the Gladiators in addition to her featured roles as an outside hitter and middle blocke...
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Nordmann Finds Place Among State's Elite

Nordmann Finds Place Among State's Elite
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Lexi Nordmann had a hard time finding her place at first after joining DeWitt’s varsity volleyball team four seasons ago. A rare freshman playing for one of mid-Michigan’s top programs, Nordmann played the middle, just like then-junior Abby Nakfoor &ndash...
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#TBT: Before They Were Olympians

#TBT: Before They Were Olympians
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Michigan athletes enjoyed another banner showing at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro that wrapped up Sunday.  We cheered for them all – but paid special attention to a handful who previously competed in MHSAA sports before achieving more at the internat...
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Through the Years: Volleyball 1976-2015

Through the Years: Volleyball 1976-2015
Friday, August 5, 2016
Four decades of MHSAA volleyball have included some of the most impressive champions in any of this state's high school sports – and some of the most successful winners nationwide as well. Today's "Through the Years" takes a look at one of the most popular gir...
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Wroubel Continues to Champion Athletics

Wroubel Continues to Champion Athletics
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Betty Wroubel still remembers the first pop fly she caught 57 years ago. Perhaps fleeting for most, it was one of the earliest memorable moments that eventually led to a career stretching four decades and impacting thousands of high school athletes across our state.
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Gabriel Richard Savors Flawless Finish

Gabriel Richard Savors Flawless Finish
Friday, December 4, 2015
All that the Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard volleyball team accomplished this season is still sinking in. November's Applebee's Team of the Month became the first Michigan high school team since Marysville in 1998-99 to finish as an undefeated MHSAA champion, rolling to a 4...
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Gabriel Richard Achieves Volleyball Perfection

Gabriel Richard Achieves Volleyball Perfection
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard finished the final set of the 2015 MHSAA volleyball season Saturday evening the same way it finished every match beginning in mid-August.  As the winner.
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Class A Final Rematch Goes to Novi

Class A Final Rematch Goes to Novi
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Novi was plenty familiar with Romeo heading into Saturday’s Class A Final at Kellogg Arena.  And the Wildcats had more or less memorized last season’s championship match loss to the Bulldogs. “I watched that game … a lot,” Novi seni...
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Bronson Finds Class C Championship Mix

Bronson Finds Class C Championship Mix
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Alexa Ratkowski wears jersey number 1, and so she was first through the hug line as Bronson accepted its Class C championship medals Saturday at Kellogg Arena.  She had a smile across her face until she hugged coach Jean LaClair and the first tears fell. Every te...
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Leland Takes Title as St. Phil Streak Ends

Leland Takes Title as St. Phil Streak Ends
Saturday, November 21, 2015
A championship trophy wrapped in her arms Saturday, minutes after one of the most memorable wins in recent MHSAA Volleyball Tournament history, Leland senior Maddie Trumbull said she would remember those post-match moments for the rest of her life. And she’ll sur...
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Veteran Eagles Soar to 1st Semi since '79

Veteran Eagles Soar to 1st Semi since '79
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The Grand Rapids Christian volleyball team has enjoyed one of its best seasons in school history. One main reason for the Eagles’ unbridled success: Experience.
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Preview: Set for Memorable Finishes

Preview: Set for Memorable Finishes
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
This weekend's Volleyball Finals at Battle Creek's Kellogg Arena will be filled with history-making opportunities, in addition to the usual significance that comes with winning an MHSAA championship.  In Class B, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard is seeking to finish a pe...
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Cadillac Hopes to Add #1 to Incredible Run

Cadillac Hopes to Add #1 to Incredible Run
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The numbers tell the story – 10 consecutive District titles, nine of 10 Regional crowns, three MHSAA Semifinal appearances. It's been quite a run for coach Michelle Brines and her Cadillac Vikings volleyball program.
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Undefeated Manistique Makes Banner Run

Undefeated Manistique Makes Banner Run
Monday, November 9, 2015
Finally, the time has arrived to put volleyball on the sports map at Manistique High School. Under coach Amy Nixon, the Emeralds take an 18-0 record into this week's Regional. Their first District title came on the heels of their first Mid-Peninsula Conference champion...
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'Corunna' on her Back, Norris Lifts Cavs

'Corunna' on her Back, Norris Lifts Cavs
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Meredith Norris has traveled all over the United States thanks to her ability to crush a volleyball and stop opponents from doing the same. The Corunna junior knows where she'll play in college, and she's already tasted international competition. But home is never far...
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Gabriel Richard Makes Name, Earns Renown

Gabriel Richard Makes Name, Earns Renown
Friday, October 23, 2015
It was early in the volleyball season when Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard went to the Novi Invitational as the only Class B team in a talent-rich tournament full of highly-ranked Class A teams. “We really hadn’t made a name for ourselves yet,” Fight...
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Big Hitter Now Chelsea Show-Stopper

Big Hitter Now Chelsea Show-Stopper
Friday, October 9, 2015
Emma Hess has spent much of her young life chasing dreams and overcoming odds. The 5-foot-8 outside hitter became an all-stater last season as a junior, another starring role to add to credits she earned acting in three films as a middle schooler. 
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Trenarys Trade Roles, Mendon Reigns On

Trenarys Trade Roles, Mendon Reigns On
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Volleyball found Bill Trenary early on. Actually, countless volleyballs did. “I was getting hit in the head with volleyballs before I could walk,” the Mendon High School varsity coach, now in his second year at the helm, said. “There’s a very go...
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