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Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team celebrates winning the Maryville Invitational in their first tournament of the season. The team includes Courtney Blaszkowski, Sarah Bullen, Katie Chadwell, Rachel Dickerson, Brianna Frakes, Brooke Huisman, Kaley Konjarevich, Maddie Lightfoot, Franziska Loetzner, Stephanie Marani, Angela Niezgoda and Emily Popp. Photo provided (click for larger version)
August 31, 2011 - Spikers fought through adversity to win their first tournament of the season on Aug. 26 at the Marysville Invitational.

The Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team beat Port Huron in the finals to take home the honor by winning both sets, 25-18 and 25-13.

But the most memorable game for the team was the semi-final match against Petoskey, where the girls won 25-23 and 25-21.

The Lady Wolves were down both sets and climbed their way through a 10 point deficit in the first set and a eight point deficit to win.

"It was a true test to see if the girls could play through adversity and not get frazzled," said Kelly Avenall, head coach. "They continued, got through it and didn't get nervous. They played well."

With five returners from last season, the team is young and it was a test of where they are for the season.

"They just kept fighting and chipping away at it," said Avenall. They didn't really give up at all."

Rachel Dickerson had 55 kills and six blocks during the day. Kaley Konjarevich had 39 kills and 23 aces; Stephanie Marani had 39 kills and 15 blocks and Maddie Lightfoot had 76 digs and seven aces.

"We served pretty well and it helped us," said Avenall.

Clarkston beat seven games including Sterling Heights in the quarterfinals.

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.
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