Netters ready for districts

Spikers took all hope from their competition to win the Andover Invitational for the second year in a row.
‘It was a great way to end our regular season,? said Varsity Volleyball Coach Kelly Avenall. ‘We didn’t lose at all on Saturday.?
The girls took on Birmingham Groves, Howell and Utica Eisenhower before moving onto the to playoffs to beat Walled Lake Central and Farmington.
Lady Wolves found themselves against Eisenhower again in the championship round. The girls won the first set 25-12, but then fell to the Eagles and lost the next set 25-19.
‘Stephanie Marani is really the reason why we won the finals against Eisenhower in the third game,? said Avenall. ‘She played outstanding. She had 14 blocks on the day and 22 kills.?
Avenall saw a lot of improvement from the beginning of the season.
‘Especially the younger players,? she said. ‘At the beginning of the season it was just balls moving too fast for them and there were causing a lot of unforced errors for the team. Sophomores Gianna Locricchio and Stephanie Marani kept it up on Saturday and played excellent. They are finally coming around and peaking at the right time.?
Senior Jenna Coates finished the day with 110 digs and seven aces and Allison Reis had 26 kills.
‘It was a good day for us,? said Avenall. ‘It gives us a lot of confidence for this week.?
They play Lake Orion on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Oxford High School. The winner plays the district finals on Thursday, 7 p.m.
Check the Wolfpack Update at to see if the girls move onto the district finals.