Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
With a mostly new cast of regulars, Cass Tech’s Monette Daniels was determined to make sure the Technicians continued their success as the four-time defending Detroit Public School League girls’ volleyball champions.
“Monette has emerged as the leader,’’ first-year coach Ramona Cox said of her 5-10 senior middle blocker and team captain, the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “Coming into the season, she saw there was a hole in leadership and she filled it immediately.
“That leadership is on the court and off the court. The girls look up to her. Monette not only shows leadership with her play as a great hitter. But when she’s in the front row and I have some of my younger players come in, she often tells them where they need to be on the court. She has been very instrumental in guiding us to a successful season.”
Daniels, in her fourth season on the varsity, is coming off a week in which she led the Technicians with 23 kills, seven aces and five blocks at the University of Michigan-Dearborn tournament. She also had eight aces and five kills in a victory against DIA and seven kills and six aces in a victory against King.
The Technicians are again in the PSL finals and will face Renaissance next Thursday at Western International High for the 2014 championship. Cox, who was JV coach last year in Ed Tomlin’s final season as varsity coach, said Daniels’ leadership has kept the focus on team goals.
“She’s willing to help build the younger players’ confidence and that allows them to not be so nervous,” Cox said. “All the girls are dedicated to working hard. Monette sets the example. I can’t be the team’s only leader. We needed a leader and she stepped up and took on that role.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.