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Athletes of the Week
Tourney Champs

by Wendi Reardon

August 29, 2012

Melanie Aguayo, Courtney Blaszkowski, Sarah Bullen, Katie Chadwell, Rachel Dickerson, Brianna Frakes, Brooke Huisman, Kaley Konjarevich, Franziska Loetzner, Emily Malinowski, Tessa Manilla, Emily Popp, Kacy Robinson, Megan Sutherland, Rachel Vieira and Coach Kelly Avenall. Photo provided
The Lady Hitters held onto their title as they became champions at the Marysville Tournament for the second year last Friday.

"I am very excited about how the girls played," said Clarkston Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Kelly Avenall. "I told the girls you don't win every tournament you are in. We are in seven tournaments. Winning a tournament is certainly exciting. Petoskey is a good team. They have a middle hitter that is going to Michigan State University. They gave us a little bit of trouble."

The Lady Wolves went 5-0-1 for the day. They beat Petoskey in the championships, 25-21, 25-21. They lost their first game earlier in the day to Petoskey in pool play.

Leading the team were Rachel Dickerson with 66 kills, eight blocks and eight aces, Emily Popp with 49 digs and three aces and Brianna Frakes had 100 assists and seven aces.

"Kaley Konjarevich has been hurt. The girls stepped up and rallied around each other," Avenall added. "Brooke Huisman came off the bench and proved to the team and me she deserves to be out there. She played hard and had some blocks for us."

She also had some key kills against Petoskey during the championship game.

"She was a pleasant surprise to have step up for us on Friday," Avenall said.

The girls also played in the Mercy Volleyball Showcase on Wednesday for the first time.

They finished in second place after two close sets with Novi. Novi won, 25-23 and 25-23.

"It gave them a lot of confidence," said Avenall. "They knew going in what kind of competition they were going to face. The returners know and have been telling them what reputation the teams have and what kind of players they have. No one likes to lose, but it proved to them we can hang with these top teams in the state. We can still compete against them."

Dickerson had 70 kills on Wednesday and Popp had 66 digs.

The games for the week now put the girls at a overall 10-3-1 record.

The girls played at North Branch on Tuesday and head to the Grand Blanc Classic on Sept. 8.

"They are playing a lot better than I expected them to play right now," Avenall added. "I thought we were going to struggle."