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Technicians win fourth straight PSL Title

Cass Tech’s Nicole White (1) volleys shot over the net against Renaissance during PSL volleyball championship play. CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

Cass Tech’s Nicole White (1) volleys shot over the net against Renaissance during PSL volleyball championship play. CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

PSL Volleyball Championship

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

For the fourth year in a row, the Cass Tech Girls’ Volleyball Team captured the Detroit Public School League Girls’ Volleyball Title during the 2013 Detroit PSL Championship held Oct. 24 at the Garcia Sports Complex on the campus of Western International High School.  The Technicians defeated their closest rival, Renaissance, 25-15, 26-24 and 25-14. They have met four times before with the Phoenix, winning only once in 2009.

“I knew we had a good team, you don’t know what kind of team will show,” said Cass Tech Head Coach Ed Tomlin, who had just coached his last game. “We knew if we played our game, the match was over.”

Tomlin, who was also the athletic director, has been coaching at Cass Tech for 19 years. He was promoted to director of K-8 Athletics at DPS.

Leading the way for Cass Tech (21-15-6) was setter Nicole White, outside hitter Aaliya Davidson and middle attacker Sasha Johnson. White had 22 assists and six aces, Davidson had 17 kills, while Johnson had six kills. Renaissance (25-4-1) was led by Arielle Sears with 14 assists, four aces, two kills and one block, Tristyn Walton with six kills, four blocks and one ace and Ahraya Pollard with three kills and two blocks.

“We just had very little intensity,” said Renaissance Head Coach Lewis Mitchell. “We committed 29 passing errors. In a typical game our passing errors would be in the teens.

Mitchell said he congratulates the Technicians on playing a “great game.”

“The kids heads are down, but we’re going to practice harder to get ready for the state districts,” he said.

The first match went back and forth with both teams playing aggressively. With the Technicians leading 15-11, Cass Tech went on a 10-3 run to clinch the first match.

The second match was a bit more “nip and tuck” than the first. The Phoenix had leads of 6-2 and 16-13, and then rallied to tie the score at 13-13. The Technicians also had leads of 13-10, and 18-17. With the match tied at 24-24, Cass Tech scored the final two points to take the second match.

The third match was all Cass Tech as the Technicians used their power spikes to subdue the Phoenix, winning the match and the 2013 PSL crown.

“I feel good because we have won the PSL Championship every single year I have been at Cass Tech,” said an elated Johnson. Johnson told the Michigan Citizen she had achieved all her high school volleyball goals except winning a state championship.

Davidson said, “I’m glad my career ended like it did. This is my senior year and I’m glad it ended like this.”

Davidson will be attending George Washington University on a volleyball scholarship in fall 2014.

In another game, Martin Luther King finished third defeating Western International in three matches 25-22, 25-16 and 25-15.

“We played a very good game, because Western is always a good team,” said King Head Coach Michele Lewis. “It’s good to finish third in the PSL. We hope to move up to the championship game next year.”

Junior blocker Tierra Anderson said even though they didn’t win first, it “still feels good to finish third.”

“We could’ve finished higher …We kind of made some simple mistakes during the season, but overall it was good team,” she said.


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