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October 24, 2013
The Grosse Pointe North girls’ volleyball team had an uphill battle in front of it last week, playing the No. 1 ranked squad in the state, Macomb Dakota.

The unbeaten Cougars haven’t been tested much this season as they try to win a second straight Class A state championship.

The visiting Norsemen pushed the Cougars for two games before falling 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15.

Leading the offense was junior Christa Raicevich, who had 17 kills and four aces. Senior Caitlin Gaitley and junior Olivia Ritchie had seven kills apiece, while junior Maddy Bessert added six kills.

Senior Colleen Reveley had 29 assists to go with 13 digs as she tried to defend the leading contender for the 2-13 Miss Volleyball Award, Dakota senior Carli Snyder.

Junior Vita Aluia led the Norsemen with 18 digs, while Raicevich had 15, junior Kelsey Parafin had 13 and junior Katie Roy had five.

Head coach Kim Lockhart and her North volleyball team fell to 4-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and 19-13-7 overall.

Coming up for the Norsemen is the Bloomfield Hills Invitational Saturday, Oct. 26, and a home game Tuesday, Oct. 29, against Northern.

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