Stubborn determination carried the Huskies.
Irene Osagiede had 12 kills and Ella Jensen served 10 aces for Lakeview, who overcame an injury to one of their best hitters in a four-set victory over rival Lake Shore at the annual “War in the Shores” volleyball on Monday night.
Kylee Pfeifer served nine aces as the Huskies won 25-11, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15 at home, winning the fourth set after junior middle hitter Autumn Wirick had to be helped off the field with a foot injury during the third
“It means a lot because they are our rivals,” said Jensen, a junior libero. “It’s a good match for us because he gives off more energy. It was good that it was home this year.
Wirick had 13 kills and 10 kills before being injured, with Lakeview leading 6-5 in the third set of the MAC crossover match.
“She was killing,” Huskies coach Tom Pfeifer said. “Seeing her fall with her foot was a little disturbing for my team, but the fact that they came back in that fourth set after we changed a few things was nice to see.”
Lakeview scored the last four points of the fourth set. The first came on an emphatic kill from Osagiede and the next two came on aces from junior Ava Conflitti.
“It was huge,” coach Pfeifer said of Conflitti’s aces. “It was so cool to see, because she’s a kid who doesn’t fit in a lot, but I’ve been telling her all year, ‘There’s going to be a while.’ It was his moment.
“Lake Shore is a very scrappy team. They kept us on our toes. We had some adversity on us today, and we still came out on top. It’s not easy to keep winning this trophy. For our girls it means a lot, because they know it’s a hard-earned trophy.
Pfeifer was pleased with his team’s performance in a busy gymnasium against a rival after the Huskies lost two games last week to Blue Division opponents MAC.
“Overcoming adversity was awesome,” he said. “I’m super proud. When our two teams play, it’s always a battle. You could hear it in the crowd. The crowd was there tonight on both sides.
Junior Mackenzie Ross replaced Wirick.
“She’s our next midfielder,” Pfeifer said. “When she gains confidence, she plays well, and I think you saw that as the game went on. She started to get more confident and started hitting the ball harder and harder. She sort of took over and it was really nice to see.
The Huskies featured Osagiede first in the fourth set.
“We needed a quick start,” Pfeifer said.
The Huskies got it with a 4-0, 8-2, 11-5 lead.
“I have to congratulate the back row today,” Pfeifer said. “The service (receptions) and defense were stellar. They were on the ball.
Milley McCutcheon led Lakeview in assists with a season-high 56, and she had seven digs.
Naomi Solomon had 11 of 23 kills and Drew Lackey had 10 of 24 kills. Lackey also had four digs.
Lakeview led 12-8 and 16-8 in the third set, but Lake Shore fought back and tied the score at 17 all when Lakeview couldn’t return Samaia Cotton’s tap.
The score was tied at 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, but Cotton served for the final two points to end the set.
Jensen served the first four points, including an ace, in the fourth set, and Lakeview continued to build leads of 7-1, 11-5 and 19-10.
Jensen served the first eight points in the second set. Lakeview never trailed in winning the second, but Lake Shore’s Emma Fries had an ace while serving seven straight points that helped the Shorians go 21-16.
Wirick’s kill put the Huskies ahead 24-21 after Samantha Dietz had three straight aces in a late rally at Lake Shore.
McCutcheon set Solomon up for an attack that ended the first set.
Lutheran North 3, Grosse Pointe South 1: Lilly Kirchhoff and Abby Leever had nine wins apiece to lead Lutheran North to a 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 win. Emma Rosenow had eight kills and Ava Acre seven. Emma Leinberger served 17 points and added 28 assists and 11 digs as the Mustangs improved to 14-8-1 with the non-league win. Mia Newton had 27 receptions and 17 digs against the MAC White Blue Devils.
Coach Paul Drdul’s side went 3-1-1 at the Imlay City tournament on Saturday. The Mustangs defeated Sandusky, Unionville-Sebewaing and Flint Carman-Ainsworth; tied Lake Fenton and lost to Notre Dame Prep. Rosenow had 23 kills and Claire Leinberger 17; Emma Leinberger 53 assists, 22 digs, seven aces; Jordan Pflaum 19 kills, 11 blocks, 13 digs; Acre 13 wins, 11 blocks; Newton 47 digs, four aces, six assists and Kamryn Rastigue 28 assists and nine digs.
L’Anse Creuse Nord 3, L’Anse Creuse 0: Junior outside hitter Sarah Curtis had 13 kills, 14 digs and served six runs and junior outside hitter Brooklyn Lewis had eight kills and two runs, including an ace , at L’Anse Creuse Victoire de North 25-14, 25-6, 25-13. Kate Schneider had six kills and nine points; Shelby Lafferty had six kills and senior setter Maddie Jaquico had 21 assists and served 12 points in the MAC crossover game. Marissa Baaso had 17 digs plus 14 points and Saniyah Terry had nine.
New Haven 5, Port Huron 5: Jesus Ochoa and Chris Wiles scored two goals each and Gavin Rodzik added one as first-place New Haven tied the MAC silver game. First-year goaltender Peter Tobias made 15 saves. New Haven is 3-0-1 in the division.
Armada 1, North Branch 1: Caleb Todd scored for Armada in the draw against BWAC. Giovannino Virga played well in midfield and defenders Drew Sniesak and Cal Bolan led the support for goalkeeper Luke Schienke, whose only allowed goal was from a penalty, coach Neal Todd said.
Richmond 3, Almont 2: Drew Matyunas scored all three goals for Richmond in the BWAC game.
Anchor Bay 0, Chippewa Valley 0: Anchor Bay goaltender Connor Turala made five saves. Billy Bingham, Casey Grammens, Max Patino, Max Grammens, Robby Dimoski, Jace Landa, Teddy Labaz, Vilay Thammavongsa and Nate DeWitte all played well defensively, Tars coach Nate Williams said.
Eisenhower 2, Grosse Pointe Sud 1: Mikel Hysa and Rocco Fedrigoe scored for Eisenhower, who will face Anchor Bay on Wednesday at Swinehart Field.
Lake Shore 4, Roseville 1: Brian Solak, Nick Caleca, Brady Nicholl and Marcus Bryant scored for Lake Shore in the MAC Gold game.
Cousino 3, Warren-Mott 0: Cousino won the Blues game to stay second in the division.
The Detroit Public Safety Academy lost a Week 5 game to Mount Clemens, the Bathers’ athletic department said. No reason was given for the forfeit. The match was to be the first of the season for PSA. The win will give Mount Clemens a fourth consecutive win and take the Bathers’ record to 4-1. Coach DeJuan Garland’s Bathers play at Melvindale AB&T on Friday, September 30. The Charter School Conference Silver Division game begins at 7 p.m.
Chippewa Valley is No. 3 and Dakota No. 6 in the state’s Division 1 poll by the Associated Press after Week 4. De La Salle Collegiate is No. 2 in Division 2 and Michigan Collegiate is tied ranked 10th with Bishop Foley in Division 6.
The #1 ranked teams are Belleville in Division 1, Dexter in 2, Detroit King in 3, Grand Rapids South Christian in 4, Grand Rapids Catholic Central in 5, Grand Rapids West Catholic in 6, Traverse City St. Francis in 7 and Ottawa Lake Whiteford in 8.