The scoreboard would show a sweep, but the girls of Grosse Pointe North’s volleyball team had to fight for a victory against the Fraser Ramblers.
“I’m glad we got a win under our belt,” head coach Kim Lockhart said. “Especially in the MAC Red. It’s really important to win the division games.”
In regard to the score, Lockhart said, “We had to grind it out for a victory. It’s a little hard when you’re not playing at home.”
North indeed did grind it out with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 victory over Fraser in a game that featured a lot of errors.
“We might have been a little rattled due to the great home support Fraser brought with them,” Lockhart said.
When asked what to do combat that for the future, Lockhart retorted, “We need to go through that in practice. The adversity, so next time, we’ll be able to handle it.”
Staring for North in the victory was outside hitter Christa Raicevich, and Lockhart had praise for the junior.
“Raicevich played really well. We went to her a lot and she delivered.”
Raicevich had 18 kills, seven blocks, and four digs, with two service aces as well.
“I think our serves in general were pretty tough to handle as a team,” Lockhart stated.
The Norsemen had five service aces in total, with Kelsey Parafin (junior), Olivia Ritchie (junior), and Caitlin Gaitley (senior) each collecting one with Raicevich’s two.
Junior Vita Aluia provided great defense to offense support as she was credited with 25 digs, at least eight in each set.
Colleen Revely (senior) had 18 assists, many to Raicevich.
When asked how the team could maintain this winning attitude, Lockhart said, “I tell our girls that we play a lot like a rollercoaster. A lot of up and down. Well, we want to try and stay at that up level so that we come closer to being great.”
Grosse Pointe North improved to 1-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and 10-9-4 overall.