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Performance: Notre Dame Prep's Maddy Chinn

Performance: Notre Dame Prep's Maddy Chinn
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep continues to boast one of the elite volleyball programs in Michigan, and is ranked No. 1 in Class B again after an impressive run through Saturday's Battle Creek Lakeview Invitational.  Returning all-stater Maddy Chinn is the Fighting Irish...
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Veteran Madison Aiming for Repeat Run

Veteran Madison Aiming for Repeat Run
Friday, September 8, 2017
Last November, Kiarah Horn was part of the first Adrian Madison volleyball team to reach the MHSAA Semifinals in more than 25 years. She’d like nothing more than to do it again. “It was an awesome experience,” said the Madison senior. “We all wa...
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#TBT: MHSAA Hosts 1st Volleyball Finals

#TBT: MHSAA Hosts 1st Volleyball Finals
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Girls volleyball has seen its share of changes over more than four decades as an MHSAA sport. Along the way, it has become the most popular high school girls sport in the state in terms of participation, with more than 19,000 athletes taking part last season.   Th...
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White Pigeon's West Finds Multi-Success

White Pigeon's West Finds Multi-Success
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Before most high school students have blistered their fingertips on a hot Pop-Tart in a rush to get out the door and to school on time, White Pigeon sophomore Claycee West has already completed a rigorous cross country workout. It’s not for love of the sport that...
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Brown City Aiming High Following 1st Final

Brown City Aiming High Following 1st Final
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Kendal Muxlow offered nothing but praise when asked about the Brown City volleyball class of 2017, which left the school as the most successful in program history. She raved about her graduated teammates’ leadership, work ethic and ability to raise up every playe...
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Performance: Novi's Ally Cummings

Performance: Novi's Ally Cummings
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
As the lone four-year varsity player on Class A champion Novi's roster, Ally Cummings has played a special role in helping the program rise to elite. Cummings – the Wildcats' right-side hitter and the state's Miss Volleyball Award runner-up this fall &n...
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North Branch Prevails Over Familiar Foe

North Branch Prevails Over Familiar Foe
Saturday, November 19, 2016
A championship rubber match between North Branch and Lake Odessa Lakewood closed the 2016 volleyball season Saturday night. Twice before, these perennial powers had met for the Class B title. Lakewood beat the Broncos for the 2012 championship in three games, whil...
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Novi Holds On to Claim Class A Again

Novi Holds On to Claim Class A Again
Saturday, November 19, 2016
At the start of the second set Saturday, just like many times this season, Novi senior Ally Cummings stood surrounded on the court by teammates who still have another season of high school volleyball ahead of them. During those rotations, Cummings was the only player ...
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Bronson Bounces Back to Clinch Repeat

Bronson Bounces Back to Clinch Repeat
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Last year, the Bronson volleyball team swept its way to the Class C championship. The Vikings found out early Saturday that this would be different, as Brown City offered an early wakeup call by winning the first game of their MHSAA Final match at Battle Creek's Kello...
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'Better' Plymouth Christian Becomes Best

'Better' Plymouth Christian Becomes Best
Saturday, November 19, 2016
“Better the ball” as a volleyball phrase means adding something to improve a volley with every touch. But it also was appropriate as Plymouth Christian’s adopted rallying cry this fall.
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Performance: Fenton's Chloe Idoni

Performance: Fenton's Chloe Idoni
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Despite entering the postseason with only five losses, Fenton was unranked in the final Class A volleyball poll – but the Tigers have made their presence felt over the last three weeks, and especially by defeating No. 10 Utica Eisenhower and then No. 2 Clarkston i...
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Preview: Mix of Familiar and Hopeful

Preview: Mix of Familiar and Hopeful
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Three reigning champions will return to MHSAA Volleyball Finals weekend beginning Thursday at Battle Creek's Kellogg Arena. Also making the trip are eight teams that have never won an MHSAA title. And it's guaranteed at least one of those hopefuls will get the chance, ...
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Leland Reloads, Returns to Final Week

Leland Reloads, Returns to Final Week
Sunday, November 13, 2016
It’s championship week in the MHSAA volleyball tournament – and defending Class D champion Leland is hoping it’s another November to remember. Leland captured its sixth consecutive Regional on Thursday with a hard-fought 25-15, 25-23, 25-22 triumph ...
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Coach Inspires 'Attack' as Team Surges On

Coach Inspires 'Attack' as Team Surges On
Friday, November 4, 2016
When the going gets tough for the Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central volleyball team, all the players have to do is look over to the bench to see a symbol of strength and courage and the will to fight and never give up. Second-year head coach Karen O'Brien is battling o...
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Senior-driven Bucks Living the 'Dream'

Senior-driven Bucks Living the 'Dream'
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Buchanan may never have another class of volleyball players like the one winding down its final high school season for the Class B third-ranked Bucks this fall. In her 13th year coaching the team, Lisa Holok isn’t taking it for granted.
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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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