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October 16, 2013

East Detroit volleyball team thriving in MAC Bronze

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The East Detroit volleyball team has already eclipsed its win total from 2012. Pictured are Shamrocks junior Brianne Hall, left, and junior Angel Lippett during an early season matchup against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

EASTPOINTE — With 11 wins at press time — and a few weeks remaining in the 2013 regular season — the East Detroit High volleyball team had already surpassed last year’s win total of seven.

The Shamrocks sat at 11-7 at press time, including an unblemished 5-0 record in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division, good for first place.

East Detroit junior outside hitter and captain Victoria Grimes, in her third year with the team, said it’s great to experience some success with the team.

“Coming off a season where we didn’t win much to be undefeated in our league so far is a huge leap,” Grimes said.

First-year coach Krysta Kreyger, who also coaches the Shamrocks’ girls basketball team, said she’s not surprised by the team’s success, but she’s happy to see the girls coming together and playing well.

Grimes said a smooth transition to Kreyger helped speed up the team’s growth. Grimes noted that since the she and former coach shared similar styles and philosophies, that made it easier for the team to come together quicker under Kreyger.

“You could kind of see what they had in past years,” Kreyger said, “but now, it’s all coming together.”

The Shamrocks’ coach said intensity has played the biggest role in her team’s success thus far. She said that intensity was most evident during a 3-1 win over New Haven Oct. 3. New Haven at press time sat one match behind East Detroit in the race for the MAC Bronze title.

Kreyger said Grimes has done an admirable job leading the team. The East Detroit coach said the team does well whenever Grimes has a good game. Kreyger also said senior middle hitter Kiara Melson has taken on more of a leadership role.

“And everyone else is playing great in their roles,” Kreyger said. “As long as we keep that intensity and spread the ball around and play like a team, I think we’ll be OK. That’s what I’m looking for.”

Grimes, who said she has settled into her role as team leader, said continuous motivation and constructive criticism is key if the Shamrocks hope their current fortune continues.

“We want to build,” Grimes said. “We just want to keep getting better and better.”

East Detroit next hits the court to take on Mount Clemens in a match set for 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Mount Clemens.

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