Tuesday's prep roundup: No. 1 Novi sweeps Northville
No. 1-ranked Novi hosted No. 4 Northville on Tuesday night in Class A girls volleyball and pulled out a sweep, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20.
“(The win over Northville) is not only a big win, but it’s a big rivalry with a lot of emotion,” Novi coach Jennifer Cottrill said.
Novi has been dominating opponents this season and that didn’t change against Northville in a match between Kensington Lakes Activities Association foes.
“It’s all a process,” Cottrill said. “It’s a nice win. Confidence is the No. 1 thing. It’s good to play in those (road) environments to see how you do under pressure.”
Erin O’Leary had 34 assists and 11 digs, leading the way for Novi (31-1, 9-0 KLAA).
“Yeah, absolutely,” Cottrill said of O’Leary being the team’s unquestioned leader. “She’s an outstanding player and has all the intangibles. She’s a great leader. The team respects her.”
Ally Cummings, a Ms. Volleyball candidate, had 11 blocks and five blocks, Abryanna Cannon had 13 digs and 10 kills and Kaylee Peterson finished with 16 digs for Novi.
With the regular season winding down and the state playoffs on the horizon, Cottrill says her team is focused on the games leading up to the postseason.
“Our entire focus is what’s next,” Cottrill said.
Novi will travel to Salem on Thursday night for another KLAA bout. Northville drops to 33-4, 8-2 KLAA.
Boys soccer: No. 5 Rochester Adams blanks No. 4 Troy Athens
One goal in each half lifted visiting No. 5 Rochester Adams over No. 4 Troy Athens, 2-0, in Division 1 boys soccer.
Adams (12-4-4) clinched the Oakland Activities Association Red title.
“It was a good game, both teams had chances,” Athens coach Todd Heugh said. “Adams executed a set piece in the first half and put us behind 1-0."
Heugh admitted that he knew the 1-0 deficit in the first half would be tough to overcome against a top program like Adams. Athens surrendered another goal in the second half, losing in shutout fashion.
“They were just a little better than us,” Heugh said.
Athens seniors Shamik Patel and Zac Ayotte did a good job of covering the field and keeping the ball in front of them, according to Heugh.
The playoffs start on Monday and Athens is looking to win its first Division 1 state title since 1997.
“We fell short of one of our goals,” Heugh said. “We’re going to focus and get ready for the state tournament. Everyone starts a new season on Monday.”
Athens will face Utica in the first round of the playoffs Monday evening, while Adams will play Clarkston.
Boys cross country
Novi 25, South Lyon East 30
Troy 18, Troy Athens 37
Clarkston Everest Collegiate 5, Faith Home School 0
Lutheran Westland 2, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 0
Oxford 1, Fenton 1
Pontiac 5, Ferndale 0
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 3, Bloomfield Hills 0
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 3, Clarkston 2
Southfield A&T 3, Oak Park 0
Southfield Christian 3, Novi Franklin Road Christian 0
Girls cross country
Troy 15, Troy Athens 50
White Lake Lakeland 15, Waterford Kettering 48
Dearborn 3, Garden City 2
Fenton 3, Flushing 1
Hartland 3, Milford 2
Madison Heights Bishop Foley 3, Waterford Lakes 0
Novi 3, Northville 0
Port Huron Northern 3, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 2
South Lyon 3, South Lyon East 0
Madison Heights 3, Warren Lincoln 1