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August 29, 2013
Head coach Kevin Nugent had a very good debut last week after guiding his Grosse Pointe South girls’ volleyball team to a 6-1 record in the MAC Kickoff Classic.

“We held our own and played pretty well for the most part,” Nugent said. “The girls have been working hard on their endurance and it showed because they could have played a couple more matches.”

The Blue Devils made it to the championship game before falling 25-23, 25-21 to L’Anse Creuse.

“We weren’t prepared for some of the unconventional things L’Anse Creuse did, but it is allright because we didn’t practice them before this tournament,” Nugent said. “I liked the way the girls played and they won six of seven matches against some nice teams.

“It was a good way to start the season.”

In the semifinals, the Blue Devils edged Utica Eisenhower 23-25, 25-22, 15-12, and they beat Sterling Heights 25-9, 25-22 in the quarterfinals of the gold bracket.

In pool play, the Blue Devils won their four matches, beating Center Line 25-10, 26-24; Sterling Heights 25-23, 22-25, 15-6; Sterling Heights Stevenson 25-7, 25-18; and Fraser 25-17, 25-18.

The last two matches were in power pool play.

Leading the way for the Blue Devils were Katie Murphy, setting; Grace Metry, serving and defense; Izzy Murphy, hitting; Sydney Srebernak, serving and defense; Lexi Kohut, middle hitting and blocking; Hannah Adams, all-around play; and Matine Maes, all-around play.

“We will put in a good week of practice and play a tough tournament in Bedford,” Nugent said. “There will be some very good teams competing. It will be a good workout for our girls, playing against these teams.”

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