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Michigan Highlights 2006-07
03/01/07 - Bedford Invitational results (02/24/07)
In last weekend's Northwood Invitational, Lakeland topped Mercy for the Gold, and Port Huron Northern beat Midland in the Silver. Both matches were 2-0.
02/21/07 - Bedford will host their final tournament of the season this Saturday. Participating schools, with rankings in parentheses, are: Airport, Bedford, Brighton, Delton Kellogg, Divine Child (HM Class B), Fraser (HM Class A), Flushing (HM Class A), Hanover-Horton, L'Anse Creuse, Livonia Ladywood (5th Class B), Marian (7th Class A), Monroe, Mt. Pleasant, Pinckney, Farmington, and Ypsilanti Lincoln. Mt. Pleasant outside hitter is a Miss Volleyball finalist and Michigan State recruit.
North Branch, ranked number two in Class A, notched another tournament championship, defeating Class C number three Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central in the Northwood University Invitational Gold final 25-18, 25-19. The Broncos bucked Freeland 25-17, 25-15 in the semifinals, while Nouvel downed Mt. Morris 25-19, 25-8. Bay City Central defeated USA in two games to take the Silver Bracket.
02/13/07 - Saginaw Valley State University Invitational (02/10/07)
North Branch improved to 55-1-1 on the season as they won the Ferris State Invitational last weekend. More importantly, the third rated Broncos defeated second ranked Jenison 25-17, 25-23 in a semi-final meeting of Class A powers.
North Branch played flawlessly in game one to secure a 16-6 lead, and kept pace thereafter. They were up 11-8 in game two when Jenison went on a 10-1 run, threatening to tie the match. But the Broncos recovered nicely, as they cut the margin to 22-18 and then scored seven straight for the win.
North Branch served aggressively and, although they recorded only two aces, this helped keep Jenison out of their system. The Broncos didnít give much away either with a 47-49 serving tally. They also attacked well, committing only three hitting errors against 24 kills.
Olivia Kohler, named one of top sophomores in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, had 6 kills, 6 digs and served 11-11 with 8 points. Miss Volleyball candidate and Bowling Green recruit Sam Fish was 45-46 setting with 21 assists, 4 kills, and an ace. Jessica Curtis, Lauren Strich, Rachel Hebberd, and Taylor Miner combined for 14 kills in a balanced attack. The Broncos also had 10 team blocks.
In the final North Branch defeated Class D power Harbor Light Christian 25-13, 25-16.
02/11/07 - Apple Chiropractic Valentine's Day Volleyball Tournament (hosted by Bedford High School)
02/08/07 - Top ranked Grand Rapids South Christian defeated third ranked Fruitport 25-19, 25-15, 25-20 in a Class B showdown that was played in front of over 800 people on a cold night near the shore of Lake Michigan.
Fruitport jumped out to a 9-6 game one lead, but couldn't sustain momentum. South used an eight point run to go up 14-9, and kept that margin the rest of the way. Game two was all South Christian, with a few too many serving errors by Fruitport and steady play by the Sailors sealing the verdict. South Christian jumped out early in game three and held off a late Trojan charge lead by outsides Jackie Geile and Rachel Feutz to close out match at 25-20.
The blocking and spiking of South Christian middle hitter Kendra Potgetter were key factors for the Sailors who also got solid performances from outside hitter and Miss Volleyball finalist Jennifer Skinner and sophomore outside Jordyn Skinner. Fruitport was led by Geile with 11 kills, while sophomore Naomi Bush chipped in with seven. Danielle Brink had 26 assists for the Trojans.
Fruitport Coach Dan Potts summed up the match with praise for the Sailors, saying "They are a steady all-around team that doesnít get too high or too low emotionally. Coach (Heather) Kwantes does a fine job of leading them".
02/07/07 - Several ranked teams will take part in the Ferris St. invitational this weekend: Class A - Jenison (2), North Branch (3) and Lakeview (10); Class B - Byron Center (8) and Coldwater (9); Class C - Ubly (10); and, Class D - Harbor Light (3) and Beal City (9).
02/06/07 - Folks in Ohio looking for some topnotch volleyball need go no further than Toledo this coming Saturday. OK, actually it's a little over two miles further. Temperance Bedford is hosting a 16-team invitational that includes six ranked teams and four of Michigan's ten finalists for Miss Volleyball.
Featured finalists are: Kristen Arthurs (Purdue), middle blocker for St. Mary Catholic Central; Ann Kendzicky (Grand Valley State), middle/outside hitter from Chelsea; Lauren Krupsky (Central Michigan), an outside hitter from Livonia Churchill; and, East Kentwood outside Lauren Jones (Kent State).
The entire field, with rankings in parentheses: Ann Arbor Huron, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Bedford, Chelsea, East Kentwood (1 A), Flint Powers, Fraser (HM A), Howell, Ida, Livonia Churchill (6 A), Livonia Stevenson, Monroe (HM A), Salem (HM A), St. Mary Catholic Central (3 C), Sturgis (HM B), Saline.
If you go, check out the potato and chicken noodle soups. They are excellent!
02/05/07 - At last Saturday's Bloomfield Hills Andover 8-team varsity tournament, Lapeer West defeated Monroe in the Gold final. West Bloomfield topped Avondale in two games in the Silver Final.
02/04/07 - Top ranked Grand Rapids South Christian downed Dearborn Divine Child 25-15, 25-11 to win the Tuffy Class B Showcase tournament at Sturgis yesterday. This tournament featured some of the stronger Class B schools in the state. The Sailors, who won East Kentwood's Uno Chicago Grill Volleyball Classic three weeks ago, steamed past seventh ranked Otsego, honorable mention Coldwater and Lake Odessa-Lakewood, and southwestern power St. Joseph en route to the title.
South Christian will travel to Fruitport for a showdown with the fourth rated Trojans this Wednesday.
Tuffy Class B Showcase (hosted by Sturgis High School 02/03/07)
East Kentwood Tourney Results (01/20/07 and 02/02/07)
Delta College Tournament (01/27/07)
Madonna University Volleyball Classic (01/20/07)
Varsity Bear Classic (hosted by Mott Community College 01/20/07)
Mason Invitational (01/20/07)
Plainwell Invitational (01/13/07)
Troy Invitational (01/13/07)
01/14/07 - North Branch, ranked #3 in Class A, won the Birch Run Tournament last weekend, beating then undefeated Marysville 25-16, 25-19 in the semifinal. The 33-0-1 Broncos have also defeated Fraser, L'Anse Creuse, Ladywood, Notre Dame Prep and Chelsea. They are led by 5'9" Bowling Green bound setter and Miss Volleyball finalist Samantha Fish, and 5'5" rightside Olivia Kohler. One of Michigan's top sophomores, Kohler will set for MI Elite's 16 National team this spring.
Elsewhere, Grand Rapids South Christian won a match up between the state's top ranked Class B and A teams, respectively, as they defeated host East Kentwood 25-23, 25-18 in the final of the Uno Chicago Grill Volleyball Classic. In semifinal matches between regional contenders, South Christian downed third ranked Fruitport, and East Kentwood bested second ranked Jenison.
Macomb Varsity Invitational (01/06/07)
Fruitport Invitational Results (01/06/07)
Best Players List posted for 2006-07
Michigan High School Volleyball Preview (PrepVolleyball.com)