Athletes of the Week: Queens of the court

Clarkston Varsity Volleyball team. Photo by Visual Sports Network
Clarkston Varsity Volleyball team. Photo by Visual Sports Network

 

The Lady Wolves dominated the courts and finished with a 50-6 overall record, the second best for Clarkston Varsity Volleyball in school history.
They also won four out of six of their tournaments including Beast of the East, which they went undefeated in seven games.
“It was a huge day for them, even to go 7-0 against a very tough field,” said Kelly Pinner, head coach. “It’s a big, tough tournament and you need to be on all day and they definitely were.”
The Lady Wolves also defeated their crosstown rival Lake Orion for the MHSAA Volleyball District crown.
“Winning a district over Lake Orion was huge because we had lost to them in league and lost to them last year in the first round of districts,” said Pinner. “We have a lot of things to hang our hat on this year. They can look back with fond memories of what they were able to accomplish and connection they made with their teammates.”
The Lady Wolves were juniors Jennifer Chupinsky, Kayla Daly-Seiler, Corrin Gualtieri, Olivia Johnson, Shaelyn Koleber, Kayla Luchenbach, Grace Kraft, Abbey Malinowski, Kristen Marani; seniors Sarah Austin, Abby Horning, Sydney Jensen, Madi Jidas, Kayla Miller and Kelly Nickelson.
“The thing they did the best was even if they weren’t starters they found a way to lead,” Pinner said about the six seniors. “That’s really hard because as a varsity athlete you want to be out on that court. They are at this level because they are good and they have been playing. Hopefully the girls next year as seniors will take a step further that you don’t have to be a starter to be part of this team and understand you are all important.”