Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Renaissance High coach Louis Mitchell says every girls’ volleyball team aspires to have a 6-foot, left-handed setter to lead its attack. The Lady Phoenix have one of the better prototypes in 5-10 junior Lanica Phillips, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“She’s that unique player who can play any and every position,” Mitchell said. “She gives us versatility, and her leadership as the setter is invaluable to our success.”
Last week, Phillips had 37 assists, 17 blocks, 10 aces, 8 kills and five digs to lead the Phoenix to the finals of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Classic. She also led victories against DCP-Northwestern and Western to cap an unbeaten 7-0 PSL regular season.
“Most importantly, it was her calm demeanor under fire that got us wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals and put us in the gold medal playoffs,” Mitchell said. “Lanica stepped up and, despite a hard-fought loss to Lutheran West in the championship match, she earned an all-tourney selection because of her outstanding play.”
Phillips, who has been on the varsity since her freshman year, will be a key player in Renaissance’s bid to dethrone five-time defending PSL champion Cass Tech. Next week’s league semifinals and championship match are at Western High School.
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