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VOLLEYBALL: Grosse Ile shocks competition to win N-H Invitational (PHOTO)

Grosse Ile stunned the field and beat Woodhaven in the finals of the News-Herald Volleyball Invitational Saturday. It was Grosse Ile’s first News-Herald Invitational championship since 2002.

Grosse Ile threw a surprise into the field at the News-Herald Volleyball Invitational at Lincoln Park High School Saturday, winning the event by beating Woodhaven 25-13, 22-25, 15-13 in the finals.

The N-H championship was Grosse Ile first since 2002.

To get to the final round, Grosse Ile beat Huron League rival Riverview in the semifinals. Earlier in the week, the Bucs beat Grosse Ile in straight sets in a doubleheader.

“It was the total opposite of Wednesday,” Grosse Ile Coach Amanda Sammons said. “We were flawless.”

The Red Devils played well all day long, especially on defense where they rarely let anything hit the floor.

“I told them, you don’t only represent Grosse Ile, but you represent yourself,” Sammons said.

The Warriors, who beat Roosevelt in the semifinals, were disappointed by the close championship-game loss.

“It was a heartbreaker,” said Coach Dennis Yack. “We just couldn’t close it out.”

The Warriors had not played Grosse Ile in the regular season and said his team had much respect for the Red Devils.

MHSAA districts will start on Thursday for Woodhaven and they plan to use today as a learning opportunity.

“We’ll use this as motivation,” Dennis said. “To come out and play exceptionally hard and intense in districts.”

Sammons was thrilled with her team’s strong play in the final round.

“We were ready to go, coming off an emotional high after beating Riverview,” Sammons said.

“They had one goal in mind as a team, and they achieved it.”

The first-place finish puts the Red Devils back on the board in the volleyball world and Sammons and her team plan to keep it that way.

“This puts Grosse Ile back on the map,” Sammons said. “And we’re not going anywhere.”

The Red Devils begin district play Tuesday when they host Cabrini.

Last Updated: 10/28/2012 7:07:16 PM EST

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