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Cass Tech wins season opener, Western International off to 2-0 start

RENAISSANCE WINS!  The Renaissance girls’ volleyball squad (left) won the 25th annual PSL Invitational held Sept. 14 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Field House. Twelve PSL teams including East English Village and Pershing (right) and several charter and area schools competed. The Renaissance Phoenix defeated Flint Beecher in the championship match.

RENAISSANCE WINS!
The Renaissance girls’ volleyball squad (left) won the 25th annual PSL Invitational held Sept. 14 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Field House. Twelve PSL teams including East English Village and Pershing (right) and several charter and area schools competed. The Renaissance Phoenix defeated Flint Beecher in the championship match.

Girls’ volleyball

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Defending PSL champion Cass Tech started its season off on the right foot Sept. 9, as the Technicians swept Central Academy three matches to none (25-8, 25-4, 25-8) in a PSL crossover match at Cass Tech. The Technicians’ originally scheduled game against DCP-Northwestern was cancelled because of a recent power failure in parts of Midtown. Cass Tech also competed in a tournament at Novi High this past Saturday. Although they didn’t fare well, several players are still confident about the rest of the season.

“The win against Central was a good start to our season,” said middle blocker Sasha Johnson. “We’re getting better every day because we’re working hard.”

“We’re playing cohesively as a team,” said outside hitter Taylor Coleman.

Western International, who finished third place at the last year’s PSL Championships, is also off to a 2-0 start with victories at Denby 3-1 (25-14, 25-6, 19-25, 25-9) on Sept. 9 and a home win at Southeastern 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-13). However, Western suffered when the Cowgirls’ Melissa Gonzalez sprained her ankle during the third match against Denby.

“We’re hoping that Melissa will be back for the season — especially the playoffs,” said Western International Head Coach Brenda Henry.

Henry added that despite losing two of her players due to academic eligibility, she’s relying on three veteran players to carry the squad. They are Gonzalez, setter Lily Martinez and hitter Alexandria Resendez.

Additionally on Sept. 9, Renaissance swept East English Village 3-0 (25-0, 25-8, 25-16) and King defeated Cody 3-0 (25-2, 25-7, 25-15).

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