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A Shout Out to Hope College, Coach Becky Schmidt and the 2014 National Volleyball Champions. Hope Volleyball beat Emory for their first National Championship on November 22, 2014. Way to bring a National Championship back to Michigan and with so many former Michigan high school players.
Lauren Hazecamp Junior Fruitport HS
Allie Mitchell Junior Forest Hills Eastern HS
Anna VandeBunte Soph Holland Christian HS
Elyse Maley Senior Milton, Indiana
Jayne Kessel Junior South Christian HS
Anna Lynch Senior Lakewood HS
Jenna Grassmeyer Senior Hudsonville Unity Christian HS
Jillian Sommerville Senior Salem HS
Sarah Feldpausch Soph White Cloud HS
Jamie Rogalski Junior Munster, Indiana
Amy VanderStoep Senior West Ottawa HS
Madison Mertz Soph Frankenmuth HS
Summer Besteman Fresh Hudsonville HS
Callie Kostrzewa Junior Traverse City Christian
Paige Baker Fresh Encinitas, California
Courtney Van Houzen Soph Traverse City West
Leah Dunlap Fresh Winfield, Illinois
Alexis Thompson Soph St. Mary Catholic Central
Sophie Hackett Fresh Indianapolis, Indiana
Mallory Luke Fresh Saline HS
Jenna Grasmeyer was a First Team All-American and the Most Outstanding Player in the National Tournament. Lauren Hazekamp was a Second Team All-American and Amy VanderStoep was Honorable Mention All-American. Allie Mitchell was the Defensive Player of the Year in the MIAA. Jayne Kessel won the Elite 89 Award (given to the player with the highest cumulative GPA at the Championships) for the second year in a row - IN CHEMISTRY!!!
Congratulations to our 2014 State Champions
Class A - Romeo
Class B - North Branch
Class C - Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
CLass D - Battle Creek St. Phillip
Details of the State tournament can be found here - http://www.mhsaa.com/sports/girlsvolleyball/2014tournamentresults.aspx
Miss Volleyball 2014 - Katherine Carlson of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Here's the story behind the surpise setup for Katherine.To see a video of the anouncement click here: Miss Volleyball 2014 Surpise Announcement
Once we received the call from Miss Volleyball Chair Jen Thunberg on Saturday we scrambled to set the wheels in motion for a surprise ceremony. We set the time of the event, notified the principals, newspapers and devised a plan to get Katherine out of the building while we set up the gym. At a prescribed time Mrs. Carlson came to school to get Katherine out of class and out of the building. (she indicated that she had lost her ring while helping Katherine ready her car for winter the day before and need Katherine to come out and help her find the ring). Once Katherine walked out of the doors we made an announcement was made over the P.A. system inviting anyone who wanted to attend a short assembly for Katherine Carlson should immediately report to the gym. All others could go to the cafeteria for an extended lunch period. Within 5 minutes the gym was filled, lights were turned off and we waited for Katherine to return to the building. To get Katherine to the gym Coach Wroubel met Katherine and her mom in the lobby and asked if they could help the coach with a couple of things in preparation for our upcoming match. You can see that Katherine was surprised and the attendance and the standing ovation are a tribute to the type of player and person that Katherine is.
This is the article from the Detroit Free Press:
Tanya Carlson was an All-State volleyball player at Pontiac Catholic in 1988 and 89.
About 18 years ago she started coaching at the school renamed Notre Dame Prep, assisting longtime coach Betty Wroubel, whom she ran into while attending a basketball game.
It was about that time she gave birth to Katherine, who literally grew up in the gym.
"Literally, since the day Katherine was born she has been in the gym,'' said Tanya. "She's a gym rat. She has always been around it. She was around when Molly Coldren was there. She was the team mascot, running around at practice, shagging balls and doing her thing.''
Basketball and soccer were always Katherine's favorite sports.
"Quite honestly she could've been better in basketball,'' said Tanya.
She turned out not to be bad in volleyball.
On Monday in one of the best fields ever assembled for Miss Volleyball candidates in the state of Michigan, the coaches tabbed Carlson as the 2014 winner.
Carlson, the first winner from the school, received 177 votes. Second place was Katie Placek of Traverse City West with 116, Nicole Rightnowar of Temperance Bedford with 110; Laura Willson of North Branch with 91 and Jenna Lerg of Farmington Hills Mercy with 91. The award is presented by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association and the Free Press.
She entered a dark gym with her mom and couldn't nearly walk as he approached the podium.
"I had no idea what was going on,'' said Carlson. "Ms. Wroubel told me I won Miss Volleyball and I couldn't believe it.
"My mom had said she lost her wedding ring and she was cleaning out my car yesterday. She was 'oh I think I left it in your car.' She pulled me out of class. I had to get my keys and go look for it.' Then she said she had something to do in the gym and she wanted me to come with her. All of a sudden it's dark and I see these lights flashing.''
Carlson currently sits at 991 kills this season and 3,165 career for her career heading into Tuesday's quarterfinal against Dearborn Divine Child at Clawson High School.
"I totally anticipate that she will go over the 1,000 kill mark for the second straight season on this Tuesday,'' said Wroubel. "This is simply just an incredible accomplishment.
"From my vantage point I cannot think of a more deserving player than Katherine Carlson. Her skill is just one thing but her love and passion, not only for the game but her teammates sets Katherine above any athlete that I have known or coached. In addition to being a great player and teammate Katherine is also an excellent student and is involved in her community.''
Carlson had a chance to showcase her talents last year in helping the Irish capture the Class B state title.
This year she has the team on track to get to Battle Creek again after a huge regional final victory at Marysville against All-American Ali Bastianelli on her home floor by coming up with 21 kills.
The 5-foot-11 outside hitter was first team All-State as a junior and was first-team All-American by Maxpreps. She was also was named first-team All-State as a sophomore. After being recruited by Notre Dame, Duke, Western Michigan, and George Washington Carlson committed to Valparaiso.
In the classroom she has a 4.37 grade-point average.
"She makes everything look so fluid and easy,'' said Wroubel.
In a field that was so impressive that two Division 1 recruits weren't on the list, both Tanya and Wroubel believed Carlson drew the attraction of coaches because of her love of the game exhibited in her play.
"It wasn't until freshman year that she developed that true passion for volleyball,'' said Tanya. "I never pushed her because it was my favorite sport. We wanted her to be a three-sport athlete. At first she seemed to gravitate towards basketball and soccer. My husband and I were big on multi-sports, using different muscle groups, different teammates; different coaches.
"I was actually surprised when she developed this huge, huge passion for volleyball.''
Carlson said basketball was her favorite sport until high school.
"It changed because I grew a little bit and I enjoyed it more,'' said Carlson. "I just enjoyed hitting the ball and getting that kill. I had a passion for the game and I think that what really drove me to where I am today.''
Ashley Knutson, one of Carlson's best friends on the team said: "It was great to see how happy she was. She plays with a lot of heart. She plays not only for herself, but for her teammates. All of her accomplishments; she always comes back to us and tell us how great we are to help her.
"She's always very humble about her accomplishments.''
Past Miss Volleyball winners
2003:, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
2004: Angie, Fraser
2005: Stephanie Booms,
2006: Alisha Glass, Leland
2007: Lauren Jones, East
2007:, Livonia Churchill
2008: Olivia, North Branch
2009: Alexandra, Birmingham Marian
2010: Jordan Fish, North Branch
2011:Doyle, Hills Mercy
2012: Amanda, Battle Creek St. Philip
Attention All Volleyball Fans!
The Pan American Games are in Toronto, Ontario this summer - July 10-25.
If you've ever wanted to see the top level international mens & womens players 'up close and personal', then plan your road trip and vacation time for July in Toronto.
The Women's Indoor team just won made history by winning the gold medal over China at the 2014 World Championships in Italy (oh, and by the way, they were led my Michigan's own Alisha Glass)...and they will be in full swing until Rio 2016. The top teams in our half of world include: USA, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Brasil. Unbelievable athletes doing unbelievable things!
It's an opportunity not to missed. You can catch outdoor/Beach action as well and I hear that the facilities are really 'cool'...and you can take in other Olympic sports as well. See the link below and start making plans!
Hope to see you there! http://www.toronto2015.org/
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