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DPS Office of Athletics
Defending champion Cass Tech played from behind during most of its Detroit Public School League girls’ volleyball title match Thursday against its biggest rival Renaissance.
In the end, an enthusiastic crowd at Western International High School saw the Lady Technicians tie the match and win a decisive fifth set to claim their fifth consecutive PSL championship with a thrilling 25-27, 25-16, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11 victory.
“I really think it came down to us wanting it more,’’ said Cass Tech coach Ramona Cox, who admittedly felt the pressure of trying to keep her team’s title reign intact in her first year as varsity head coach.
“A lot of people counted us out with us having lost a lot of our senior experience from last year and this being my first year as coach. I felt like I had something to prove and so did my team.”
Coach Louis Mitchell’s Lady Phoenix won the first set and took a 2-1 lead into the fourth set, but they couldn’t maintain the momentum and was saddled with their fifth consecutive league runner-up finish.
“Give Cass credit,’’ Mitchell said. “They played tough and they played more consistent than we did.” In the consolation game, host Western defeated King in three sets 25-11, 25-16, 25-18.
Between games, the 2014 PSL All-City girls’ volleyball team was introduced. They are: Cass Tech senior middle blocker Monette Daniels, junior outside hitter Richelle Hawkins, junior setter Nicole White and senior middle blocker Miah Godbolt; Renaissance senior middle blocker Jessica Radford, senior setter Arielle Sears, senior middle blocker Lydia Doty-Faulk and senior libero Alexis Gaines; King senior outside hitter Kierra Acuff, sophomore setter Joslyn Smith and senior middle hitter Isis Elcock; Western hitter Melissa Gonzalez, senior middle hitter Alexandra Resendez and middle hitter Alaya Vasquez; DIA senior hitter Destiny Wynn-Berry and junior hitter Nia Graves; CMA’s Asia Robinson and Mekayla Bargaineer; East English Village sophomore setter Kalin Stennis and sophomore passer Randi Gassaway; Northwestern junior outside hitter Alexa Armstrong and senior hitter-setter Icesis Chandler-Poole; Osborn sophomore Alayh Love; Denby senior libero Shardae Steele; Cody senior middle blocker India Cross; and Pershing’s Moneyka Murray.