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November 12, 2013

Romeo volleyball upends defending state champ Dakota in regional semifinal

Cougars downed in five sets

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Romeo volleyball upends defending state champ Dakota in regional semifinal
The Macomb Dakota volleyball team fell in five games to Romeo High in a 2013 MHSAA Class A regional semifinal. Pictured are Cougars senior setter Megan Manierski, left, and senior middle hitter Kaley Willaert during a district final win over Macomb L'Anse Creuse North Nov. 6.

STERLING HEIGHTS — There will be a new Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A state volleyball champion this season after Romeo High knocked off defending Class A champion Macomb Dakota in five games in   regional semifinal played Nov. 12 at Sterling Heights Stevenson.

The match was a back-and-forth affair, as the teams traded games to get to a fifth and final stanza, which Romeo took 15-11.

Romeo (43-7-4) took the first game 25-20 and won the third game 25-19. Dakota, which ends the season at 39-6-0, won the second and fourth games 25-22 and 25-14, respectively.

Romeo, which has never won a volleyball state title, will meet either Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse or Fraser High in a Class A regional final set for 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Sterling Heights Stevenson. Romeo last played in a state title match in 1997, when it fell to Portage Northern in a Class A final.

The Class A title Dakota captured in 2012 was the first in program history.

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