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Girls’ volleyball: Renaissance spikers riding early hot streak

Renaissance players Kamyryn Jones (2), Ahraya Pollard (11) and Arielle Sears (13) competing in PSL Volleyball Tournament at UM-Dearborn. CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

Renaissance players Kamyryn Jones (2), Ahraya Pollard (11) and Arielle Sears (13) competing in PSL Volleyball Tournament at UM-Dearborn. CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

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

Although the season is still early, the Renaissance girls’ volleyball team isn’t taking things in stride. The Lady Phoenix are already competing in tournaments and decimating opponents in the PSL West. Head Coach Lewis Mitchell’s squad is 4-0 in the PSL West and 16-2 overall.

The Lady Phoenix started off with a great season going 4-2 at a high school tournament at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Sat., Sept. 7.

In league non-divisional play, Renaissance defeated East English Village on Sept. 9, 3-0 (25-0, 25-8, 25-16), and Pershing on Sept 12. In divisional play, Renaissance routed Mumford on Sept. 16, 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-5), and Cody on Sept.19, 3-0 (25-6, 25-13, 25-7). Against Cody the Phoenix had 43 aces.

On Sept. 14, Renaissance defeated Flint Beecher to win the gold division at the 25th annual PSL Tournament championship matchup.

Setter Arielle Sears was named the tournament’s most valuable player and seniors Tristyn Walton and Ahraya Pollard were also named to the all-tournament squad.

“It’s early in the season and I’m relying on our captains (Sears and Walton) to set the tone for our team,” Lewis said. “We’re going to precede this season one game at a time.”

“I see our league getting stronger because Osborn, Western, and King are on the rise to make the PSL a very competitive league.”

In other tournaments

Other winners at the 25th annual PSL Volleyball Tournament, held at UM-Dearborn, were Osborn and Martin Luther King. Osborn won the silver division of the varsity tournament defeating the Detroit International Academy 25-17, 25-21 in the championship match. King won the junior varsity version of the tournament defeating Renaissance in the championship match 12-21, 25-11, 15-10.

King’s Amauri Greenfield and Osborn’s T’Asia Moore were also named to the all-tournament team.

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