Wolves powerful against competition

By Wendi Reardon Price
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Clarkston Varsity Volleyball went undefeated their their first Power Series week with wins over Mercy, Troy, Walled Lake Northern and Anchor Bay.
“It was awesome,” said Ali Smith, head coach. “We had a big three set win over Mercy. It was a big moment for us.”
They won the first set 25-19. Then, dropped in the second set 33-31 before bouncing back and going 15-12 in the tie breaker.
Paige Giehtbrock had 20 kills. Cayla Cogan had ten kills. Isabelle Henry had six kills. Emery Kuebler had 32 assists and 13 digs. Kiley Gallagher had 13 digs. Morgan Lozzi had eight digs and three aces.
They went 2-0 against Walled Lake Northern, 25-13 and 25-15; and 2-0 over Troy, 25-12, 25-13.
“We have really been focusing on competing for every point and not taking any points off in practice,” Smith said. “So I was really happy with our focus and our competitiveness through the first week of power series.”
The Wolves went 3-0 in their home quad against Lake Fenton, Flushing and Birch Run on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
“It was a really good night for us,” Smith said. “We were able to move some people into different positions just to try some different lineups out. We have some kids who are injured so we are requiring a lot from everybody just being ready to play whatever position we need them to play. I thought we had a lot of success doing so.”
She added, “I feel like we have a really balanced attack this year. It’s not just one person pulling the weight. It’s really a team effort. I am proud of that as well.
The Clarkston Freshman, JV and varsity teams play in the Program Cup on Saturday.
“The school’s overall final record determines the winner of the entire tournament. Your final results from freshman, JV and varsity determine the winner. It’s a neat set up. It’s a competitive tournament.”

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