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VOLLEYBALL: Carlson bounces Woodhaven from tourney

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After a late-season battle saw Woodhaven and Allen Park tie for the Downriver League volleyball title, Carlson won a district crown Saturday and remains the last league team standing.

The Marauders stunned host Woodhaven in five competitive sets 25-12, 20-25, 25-17, 13-25, 15-12 to claim the Class A, District 14 championship.

“My girls did not want to give up and end the season,” Carlson Coach Pat Rice said. “My seniors really stepped up and played like seniors.”

Chelsea Holbrook had 18 kills and three service aces for the Marauders while Rebecca Browning added 16 kills and four blocks.

“(We) took a 12-9 lead in the fifth set, but Carlson dug down deeper than we could to find a way to win,” Woodhaven Coach Dennis Yack said. “They just made three less errors than we did. That was the margin of the victory – three lousy points.”

After receiving a first round bye, Carlson defeated Kennedy in the district semifinals in four sets 26-24, 25-8, 20-25, 25-21.

Browning had 17 kills against the Eagles and Holbrook added 10 kills and four aces.

The Marauders finished 5-8 in Downriver League play, but faced a number of tough opponents both down the stretch that toughened them up for postseason play.

“It doesn’t necessarily give you a winning record, but it gets you ready for tough games later in the season,” Rice said.

Woodhaven also received a bye in the opening round before sweeping Riverview in the semifinals 25-17, 25-23, 27-25.

Brianna Brennan led the Warriors with 21 kills and eight digs.

Morgan Topolewski had 19 digs and four aces, Stephanie Suter had 11 kills and 12 digs, Megan Reichel had 20 assists and five diges, Natalie Culver had 21 assists and three aces and Natalie Frensley added four kills and three blocks in the victory.

“We were under pressure in games two and three (and) dug down deep and got the job done,” Yack said.

Riverview defeated Roosevelt in the opening round in four games 25-17, 25-16, 16-25, 25-22.

Stephanie Lee led the Bears with 13 kills while Ciara Woods and Sydni Pauley each had eight.

Rachel Zimmers had 25 assists and 14 digs in the loss, Josie DeGregorio had 20 digs and Michelle Arsenault and Alexa Daluz each had two aces.

Kennedy reached the semifinals after the Eagles defeated Anderson in four sets 25-13, 25-22, 13-25, 25-22.

The Marauders hit the road yesterday to take on Temperance Bedford in the opening round of regionals.

“They’re confident, but they’re not cocky,” Rice said. “They know they have work to do and they are looking to get better from Saturday’s match.”

Jags edged in finals

Co-Downriver League champion Allen Park battled a tough Dearborn team in the Class A, District 16 finals on Friday and fell in five sets 25-15, 18-25, 25-9, 19-25, 16-14.

After a first-round bye, Allen Park reached the finals by sweeping Fordson in the district semifinals 25-12, 25-9, 28-26.

Fordson reached the semis by defeating Lincoln Park in five games 20-25, 25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 15-9.

Truman reaches semis

Truman reached the semifinals of the Class A, District 15 tournament after the Cougars defeated Inkster in straight sets, 25-6, 25-11, 25-9, in the opening round.

The Cougars would fall to eventual district runner-up Westland John Glenn in the Thursday’s semifinal in three sets 25-9, 25-17, 25-16.

Cards fall in finals

Melvindale’s volleyball season came to an end on Friday in a three-set loss to Dearborn Divine Child in the Class B, District 40 finals 25-13, 25-12, 25-19.

The Cardinals received a bye in the opening round before defeating River Rouge in the district semifinals 25-10, 25-8, 25-14.

Last Updated: 11/6/2012 3:10:11 PM EST