For the better part of three decades plus, the best high school volleyball teams have been gathering in September in Oakland County. Fifteens teams competed in the 34th Annual Daily Tribune Varsity Volleyball Tournament held at Clawson Middle and High School on Saturday. The teams are randomly drawn for pool paly in the White, Gold and Blue pools. Royal Oak Shrine went 4-4 in their pool but took down Sacred Heart and Bishop Foley to claim the Silver Bracket title.
Oakland Christian put together a 7-1 pool play and then beat Royal Oak who also went 7-1 in the tourney, then beat Troy Athens for the Gold Championship. New Haven was 4-4 in pool play but won out the Bronze Championship by beating Clawson and then Dryden. New Haven beat Dryden in the finals, 25-20 and 25-19.
The All Tournament Team consisted of Caroline Cook from Sacred Heart, Taylor Alexander from Country Day, Marcella Compeau from Oakland Christian, Emily Saleski from Royal Oak, Natalie Rudnisky from Bishop Foley, Olivia Paquette from Clawson, Haylie Zemmer from Troy Athens, Dakota Stanichuck from Troy Athens, Charnai Perry from New Haven, Brett Schenkel from Dryden and the tournament MVP was Irene Peaslee from Shrine.
Shrine head coach Bill Wolf is glad his team weathered the long day of tough games.
“It’s nice to go home with a trophy and we had the Most Valuable Player too,” Wolf said. “In pool play we had a couple of down games and didn’t play our best. Then we had to play five games in a row.”
Wolf has been a part of the tournament since it’s beginning.
“Shrine and Dondero started it 35 years ago then Kimball got in a few years later. At one time there were four pools – one at Shrine, one at Dondero and two at Kimball. Then you’d switch around for the different pools,” Wolf said.
Oakland Christian downed a tough Troy Athens team for the second year in a row in the tournament. Head coach Priscilla Larned was proud of her team.
“That was (a tough match). And we played like we should play – always hustling, never giving up. But the day didn’t start that way,” Larned said. “It’s been a pretty sluggish morning but had a pretty good semi-final and final.”
On her All Tourney Team player Compeau, Larned knows the team needs her at her best every game.
“That’s what we need from her. She did it tonight and that was awesome,” Larned said.
Oakland Christian lost the first game to Athens, 25-22 but took the final two to claim the match and title, 25-23 and 15-8. Compeau had 38 kills – 12 in the final match.
Compeau thought, “the team played really well and I tried my best. It felt good to beat Troy for the second year in a row.”
Clawson volleyball coach Amy Reaume has been putting the all day tournament together the past few years. And she has plenty of great help around her.
“There’s two gyms, two boxes, two concession stands – 40 to 50 people to put it on,” she said. “All of our coaches, seventh grade through twelfth are all here.”
And the tournament is popular among local high schools.
“We had several teams on a wait list this year,” she said. “The fifteen pool tournament so its one of the largest ones run. We always have a lot of compliments and there’s a lot of game play for the girls. The girls love it.”