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September 05, 2013
Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South girls’ volleyball teams competed in last weekend’s Temperance Bedford Tournament.

The Norsemen, under head coach Kim Lockhart, lost in the finals of the Silver Bracket, while the Blue Devils, under head coach Kevin Nugent, lost in the semifinals of the Gold Bracket.


Nugent’s squad split its pool games, beating Monroe 22-25, 25-14, 25-11, and lost 25-19, 22-25, 25-12 to Mount Morris.

The Blue Devils beat Adrian 27-26, 25-19 to advance to the Gold Bracket and earn a No. 5 seed.

They beat Davison 25-23, 17-25, 15-12 in the quarterfinals, but lost 25-17, 19-25, 15-10 to host Bedford in the semifinals. Bedford made it to the Class A state championship last season, but lost to Macomb Dakota.

“I saw the girls really dig deep against Bedford and they weren’t intimidated at all,” Nugent said. “We were a little disappointed in the first game, jumping out to a 15-10 lead, but overall the girls showed a lot of character.

“The girls played at a tremendous level on a hot, muggy day.”

Leading the Blue Devils were Carina Bertakis, setting; Izzy Murphy, hitting, jump serving; Sydney Srebernak, serving; Kayli Johnson, libero; Hannah Adams, serving and all-around play; and Lexi Kohut, hitting.

South is 9-3 overall.

As for North, it lost to Livonia Ladywood in the Silver Bracket championship match.

Statistical leaders for the Norsemen in the tournament were Christa Raicevich with 45 kills and 52 digs; Vita Aluia with 39 digs; Colleen Reveley with 110 assists and 5 aces; Katie Roy with 5 aces and 47 digs; Maddy Bessert with 25 kills; and Caitlin Gaitley with 24 kills.

In other action the first two weeks, the Norsemen played in the Dakota Invitational and MAC Kickoff.

In the Dakota Invitational, the Norsemen once again made it to the Silver Bracket championship match before losing to Birmingham Seaholm.

Against the MAC Kickoff competition, they came in first in pool play and power pool, but lost in the quarterfinals to Armada.

North is 7-8-3 overall.

Coming up for both North and South is the Titans Invitational Saturday, Sept. 7.

“It will be another good chance for us to see some of the teams will be compete against in the MAC this season,” Nugent said. “It will be a good test for us before we begin our division schedule.”

Liggett

The University Liggett girls’ volleyball team was off last week, but practiced every day.

“We have work to do after playing our first tournament and this was a good week to get a lot done since the girls were still on summer vacation,” head coach Joe LaMagno said.

Coming up for the Knights are home matches Thursday, Sept. 12, against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore, and Thursday, Sept. 19, against Southfield Christian in their Michigan Independent Athletic Conference opener.

It is the MIAC opener for both squads.


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