Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
For the second year in a row, Renaissance High’s Arielle Sears was named MVP of the Detroit Public School League Invitational Volleyball Tournament at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
That distinction has also earned the Lady Phoenix’s 5-7 senior setter the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week award, for the second consecutive year, after she finished with 25 aces, 51 assists, seven blocks and nine kills in leading her team to a repeat tourney championship.
“The setter is just like the quarterback to a football team or the point guard in basketball,” Renaissance coach Louis Mitchell said. “She runs the show for us and she’s the leader. We’re only going to go as far as she can take us.”
Sears has been the glue in guiding Renaissance to a 13-0 overall record this season, including a 5-0 record en route to the PSL invitational title. The Lady Phoenix are aiming to reclaim the league championship after losing to Cass Tech the last four years in the PSL finals.
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.