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Volleyball: 2013 Huron League season preview (PHOTO)

In 2012 Hailey Richardson and the Huron High Chiefs had their best season in school history.

The Huron girls’ volleyball team had a record breaking season last year that included the school’s first-ever district title and a trip to the regional final.

This year the Chiefs have just two seniors and the rest of the team is five juniors and five sophomores.

Seniors Paige Highers and Hailey Richardson return to the court along with junior Niki Polce and sophomores Mackenzie Reaume and Claire Pieske.

New members include juniors Alexa White and Alexis Vella along with sophomores Hanna Messer, Caitlin Davidson, Summer Callahan and Darrian Chrillio.

Polce expects the Huron League to continue to be very competitive and says her team will overlook no one.

“Our schedule will be challenging and prepare us for the late season objectives,” she said. “This group is very excited about the upcoming season, looking to continue to raise the bar.

“We have a good mixture of very experienced volleyball players and athletes on this year’s squad.”

The Chiefs opened tournament play this weekend and will open their regular season Sept. 16 when they travel to Jefferson.



Riverview



The Riverview volleyball team kept right at the top of the Huron League last season and finished in second place, tied with Huron.

The Bucs finished the season with an 11-3 Huron League record and a 30-10 overall record that included two tournament wins.

Senior Deanna Smith returns as setter as does a solid defense of senior libero/outside hitter Kendall Grzywa, senior libero/outside hitter Cloey Odor and senior defensive specialist Sara Pachuta.

Sophomore Anastasia Smith, junior Melissa Mazurek and senior Michelle Burge are expected to lead the way offensively.

Riverview opened tournament play on Saturday at the Taylor Tournament.





Grosse Ile

Last year the Grosse Ile volleyball team surprised some with a strong showing at the annual News-Herald tournament that ended with the team being crowned champions.

Almost a year later, the Red Devils are back, along with four-year coach Amanda Sammons, in hopes of repeating that task.

In the Huron League, the team finished fifth and had a 22-17 overall record last year.

The Red Devils lost key players when Alex Carney and Natalie Toth-Watkins graduated last year, but return many key players as well.

Spotlight players Santina Galati, Nina Galati, Lea Galati and Natalie Wallace all return for their senior season, along with sophomore Kate Tobin in her second season with the team.

Practices have been going well according to Sammons and she is excited to start the season at Carlson on Friday.



Flat Rock

A mix of young and old is what seven-year coach Kim Papalas is looking forward to with her Flat Rock Rams.

“The core group of returning girls combined with the new players on our team has provided us a deep bench with a lot of talent,” Papalas said.

The Rams finished with an 18-24-5 record last year and bowed out of district play with a loss to Huron.

But this year, Papalas is optimistic about her team.

The Rams opened tournament play on Friday and will play their home opener against Airport on Sept. 11.

Last Updated: 8/23/2013 2:28:19 PM EST

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