Marysville received a huge lift from an unlikely source as it knocked off host Grosse Pointe North in come-from-behind fashion, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20, in a Macomb Area Conference Red Division volleyball match on Thursday.
Battling back from a 24-22 deficit in the first set, freshman Sam Miller, who was filling in for an injured starter, turned the match in Marysville's favor from the service line.
"Sam stepped in, served 14 points with no errors and took over the second game for us," first-year Marysville coach Ryan Welser said. "She made a big difference."
Marysville trailed by as many as eight points in the third set before rallying once again to stun North.
"This is a huge win for us," Welser said. "North is a good team and one of the best in Class A...I was hoping to stick with North, but I didn't know if we were good enough or had enough firepower to beat them. They have six hitters across the board who are fantastic."
Welser's young squad, which had three freshmen playing at one time, had to rely on the senior leadership of Ali Bastianelli and Nicole Slis as well as the play of Payton Husson.
"Payton and Ali were outstanding. They patrolled the net and were blocking machines. They controlled the tempo of the game and came up with a few big blocks and kills to put us on top," Welser said. "Teams who win championships are the ones who can pull out close games like these."
Bastianelli led Marysville (20-4, 1-1) with 15 kills and eight blocks, while Slis had eight service points and Husson had nine kills and four blocks. Devan Valko added 22 assists, six blocks and five kills.
North is 1-1 in league play.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood def. Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17: Margaret Payne had 21 kills and Jordan Faulkner had seven blocks for Cranbrook (5-7).
Detroit International Academy def. Detroit Osborn, 25-13, 25-19, 25-9: Nia Graves had 20 service points and Leonise Barden had 13 service points for International Academy (2-2).
Detroit Renassiance def. Detroit Cody, 25-6, 25-6, 25-9: Arielle Sears had 11 assists, eight aces and one block, and Solei Thomas had eight kills, three aces and three blocks for Renaissance (15-0, 2-0 PSL). Cody is 0-2 in league play.
Livonia Stevenson 0, Novi 0: Austin Kaczmarck made four saves for Stevenson (8-1-1). Tommy McMaster had three saves for Novi (5-2-3).
U-D Jesuit 2, Birmingham Brother Rice 0: Tim Doman scored twice and Nate Sier made six saves to record his sixth shutout for Jesuit (8-2-2, 1-1-1 Catholic Central).
James Hawkins is a freelance writer