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News Herald file photo Kate Tobin and the Grosse Ile volleyball team are looking to build off of a regional semifinal appearance and continue the success in 2014.





Graduation in June has caused the Grosse Ile volleyball team to have a different look this season.

The team lost the Galati sisters and Natalie Wallace to graduation, but still returns a few familiar faces.

Back on the court for Coach Amanda Sammons are senior Sarah Pittman and juniors Kate Tobin, Erin Carney, Sara Daly, Ann Marie Buchan and Analese Pike.

New to the roster for 2014 are sophomores Haley Club, Abby Fleming and Hailey Kelly.

The team took a big hit when Bri Chamberlain suffered from a torn ACL over the summer and as a result will be out the entire volleyball season.

Despite the changes, Sammons is optimistic about the season and hopes to build off of the team’s regional appearance last season.

“We are a very young team with endless potential,” she said. “Our goal will be to work hard as a team to continue the success of the Grosse Ile volleyball program.”



Huron



The Chiefs look almost exactly the same in 2014 as they did last season after only graduating one senior.

And after an upsetting loss to rival Grosse Ile in districts last season, Coach Megan Polce looks to only build off of 2013 heading into this season.

Alexis Vella, Niki Polce, Hailey Richardson, Mackenzie Reaume, Claire Piesiak, Darian Chirillo and Hannah Messer all return to the court this season and Polce is excited about each veteran.

“Niki, Hailey, Mackenzie and Claire are my go-to girls,” Polce said. “But my other returners, I’m excited for them to step up.

“They’ve greatly improved from last year and I’m excited to see them develop and play a key role on the team.”

Rounding out the roster are; Saige Uzarski, Haley Pyzik, Jackie Gentis, Brianna Pischke, Alexa White and Olivia Sichterman.

“I’ve got a very strong senior class and a lot of returners,” Polce said. “The girls are all super motivated.

“This is one of the biggest motivated groups of kids I’ve ever worked with. This year we have a lot of expectations. We’ve got more than one option to go to and a lot of talent to work with.”

Heading into the competitive Huron League, the Chiefs are not looking too far ahead to any one opponent and will focus on each task at hand.

“We’re not underestimating anybody,” Polce said. “We came up short last year in districts and the girls are using that as a big motivator.

“We’re taking one tournament at a time and the girls have a lot of high goals for the winter.”

The Chiefs play in the Bad Axe, Novi, Ann Arbor and Bedford tournaments this season and open their league schedule against rival Grosse Ile.

“We have so many option and our offense is going to be our key for sure,” Polce said. “But we’re also 10 times more defensively stronger than we were last year.

“This is the most talented team I’ve had in my four years at Huron.”



Riverview



A good mix of young and old is what the Bucs will bring to the count this season in the ever-tough Huron League.

“It’s always a tough league,” Coach Tony Budimerovich said. “That’s what we enjoy about it.

“We’ve got a really good group of kids (and) we’re just trying to figure out where we’re at with the first couple of early tournaments.”

Moving into the season, Budimerovich expects his veterans to balance out with the new players finding their way and paving way for success.

“We’ve got some strong returners, but we’ve got some young kids that are getting time for the first time and we’ve got some kids that were starters last year that can take on a lot bigger roles,” he said.

The team will be led by just one senior this season in the form of Melissa Mazurek.

Returning to the middle will be junior Anastasia Smith and she will be joined by junior middle Kate Holmes, junior outside hitter Lauren Mazzo and junior right side Lauren Nagy.

Rounding out the roster are junior setter Ashley Burke, libero Madison Emery and freshman right back Hailey Doran.

Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:02:04 PM EST

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