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Kate Tobin (2) and the Grosse Ile Red Devils were winners at the Wyandotte Invitational last Saturday. Photo by Larry Caruso


VOLLEYBALL: Tourney winner Grosse Ile is the 'real deal' (PHOTO)

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The Grosse Ile volleyball team may have shocked some by winning the News-Herald tournament last season, but the Red Devils showed they are here to play by winning the annual Wyandotte tournament over the weekend.

“This was a total team effort,” Coach Amanda Sammons said. “We walked in the gym with one goal in mind and we accomplished it.

“My team worked hard for every point.”

The Red Devils took on Roosevelt, Cousino and Ypsilanti Lincoln in pool play and finished as the number one seed going into the playoffs.

To get to the finals Grosse Ile defeated Anderson (25-20, 25-20) and Roosevelt (25-10, 25-22, 15-7).

In the finals, the team came out on top against Monroe High School 25-21, 25-20.

It truly was a team effort for the Red Devils and the team saw a host of players contribute stats to the day. Kate Tobin recorded 41 kills, 12 digs and three aces, Lea Galati had 39 digs, 19 kills, seven aces and seven blocks and Santina Galati had 34 kills, 26 digs and four aces.

Nina Galati finished with 84 assists, 17 digs, 17 aces, six kills and three blocks, Moriah Wilkie had 14 digs and 10 aces and Sarah Pittman recorded 17 digs and two kills.

Natalie Wallace had 16 kills, six blocks and five digs, Erin Carney finished with 17 assists and two kills, Briana Chamberlain had 12 kills and five blocks and Marissa Drogheo had one kill and one dig.

The Red Devils were 12-2 going in to Monday’s home opener against Riverview.

Host Roosevelt went 7-4 on the day and made it to the Gold playoff bracket.

In pool play, the Bears defeated Warren Cousino (25-18, 25-19) and Ypsilanti Lincoln (25-23, 25-18) and fell to Grosse Ile (25-18, 25-14).

In the first round of playoffs, Roosevelt defeated Garden City (25-20, 25-19) before falling to Grosse Ile.

“The girls had a good day and really brought it together,” Coach Alisha Kovalchik said.

Leading the way in attacks were Sydni Pauley with 39, Alea Kainz with 35, Nicole Ostrowitz with 21 and Ciara Woods with 19.

Tara Poikey led in assists with 108 and on service, Pauley and Woods each had seven aces.

On defense, Alyssa Stringa had 45 digs and Woods and Regan Kusibab led on blocks.

Flat Rock was also at the tournament and Coach Kim Papalas said although the day started off slow for her team, she was proud of her girls for never giving up and ending the day playing hard.

Stat leaders included Samantha Dymon with 24 kills, nine blocks and seven aces, Marina Steffke with 59 assists and Paige Villemure with 22 kills.

Amy Minckiewicz was 96 percent on serving.

Last Updated: 9/17/2013 2:54:20 PM EST