October 31, 2012 - Spikers are ready for playoff action - starting this week with MHSAA Districts.
Lady Wolves Varsity Volleyball team heads into playoffs. Photo by VSN (click for larger version)
They finished their regular season with a bang by winning the Andover Tournament during the weekend.
They were undefeated going 6-0 for the day. They beat Utica Eisenhower in the championship match, 25-20 and 25-18.
Emily Popp had 50 digs and was 41 for 41 in serve receives. Brianna Frakes had 99 assists and 10 aces and Rachel Dickerson had 36 kills and 28 digs.
"We ended on a good note," said Clarkston Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Kelly Avenall. "It is a little bit of confidence as we go into playoffs. I think the girls feel pretty good about how they are playing."
The Lady Wolves face different opponents in this year's district as they go against Rochester Adams in the first round. If they win they will play against Romeo on Thursday with a chance to go against Oxford or Lake Orion in the finals.
"We definitely have a tough district and we have a lot of work to do this week," said Avenall. "It is different than it has been the last couple of years. The MHSAA likes to reboot throughout the district lines. Now Orion is in our district and they haven't been the last couple of years. They are also ranked in the state."
Though the girls beat them a few weeks ago for the OAA Red title it was a close match.
"A team like that is hard to beat twice," said Avenall. "It is not something we can walk through because we did it one time. We have to get through our first few rounds. I won't focus on Orion until we get to that point. I don't want the girls to look that far ahead but we do know it is looming over our heads during this first round of playoffs."
Avenall added the Lady Wolves strengths going in the playoffs is finishing the regular season with a 49-6-1 record - one of the best in the school's history.
"It is a strength for them to know they have been successful," she said. "We've won some tight matches."
Another strength is having five seniors with experience. All know the pressure teams face in the playoffs after experiencing it themselves last year during the semifinals.
The district playoffs began Tuesday with Clarkston against Rochester Adams. It continues Thursday, 5:30 p.m., and finals on Saturday, 11 a.m. All games are at Romeo High School, 11091 W. 32 Mile Road in Romeo.
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Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.