Cass Tech continues success in girl’s varsity program
PSL Girls Volleyball Championship
Lady Technicians win third straight PSL crown; sixth in eight years
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan
DETROIT — While the Cass Tech Football program continues to bask in the glory of last year’s state championship, there’s one program at the Detroit Public School that has been winning for years.
Over the last eight years, the Cass Tech girls volleyball program been a winning tradition. This year was no different as the Lady Technicians won their sixth title in eight years, defeating their biggest archrival, Renaissance, at the Detroit PSL Girls’ Volleyball Championship Oct. 25 at Western International three matches to one. The Lady Phoenix won the first best-of-five match 25-19 before the Lady Technicians turned on the heat to win three straight matches in a row, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-16.
The Lady Technicians are currently 30-15-7 on the season. Unlike most PSL squads, the Cass Tech girls play many matches and games outside the PSL to strengthen their program among suburban and outstare competition.
“Everybody in the state does it to make their teams competitive,” said Cass Tech head coach Edward Tomlin.
“Our squad plays in a lot of Saturday tournaments during the regular season.
“Our team and Renaissance are the only two competitive teams in the city. ‘Louis Mitchell has done an outstanding job at Renaissance and I’ve learned a lot from him.
“The key to our success is commitment, physical conditioning, and hard work from our student athletes. My main concern is about the other teams in the league because were losing a lot of kids to suburban and charter schools. Our numbers are going down.”
Cass Tech junior Aallya Davidson was really pleased at returning to PSL Championship with her fellow team mates because of the effort they put in.
“I think we all did well as a team because we have each other’s back,“ Davidson said. I think playing here (at Cass Tech) has been my best four years playing volleyball.
“This championship is even better than the one last year because I think we can go further that last year. Renaissance is a good team and a good squad. For them to have a game up on us in the tourney shouldn’t happen because we should have been winning from the beginning.
“I feel good about my team mates on and off the court. As for myself, I work hard by practicing all year round.”
Davidson has ambitions beyond high school. The junior is currently looking at Colorado State, Wake Forest and the University of Miami.