Tuesday’s roundup: Novi sweeps into volleyball final

Connor Muldowney
Special to The Detroit News

Novi advanced to the Class A girls volleyball regional finals on Thursday with a sweep over Walled Lake Central, 25-12, 25-22, 25-15, at Howell High on Tuesday night.

Retaining its No. 1 ranking in Class A, Novi has been building momentum and it showed in its third playoff matchup against Central.

“Pressure is a privilege,” Novi coach Jennifer Cottrill said. “That’s been the team saying since the middle of the year.”

Coming off a win over No. 6 Northville on Friday, Novi knew it had what it took to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Cottrill was pleased to see her team respond after falling behind 1-0 to Northville last week, which could snowball into even more confidence.

“Absolutely,” Cottrill said of last week’s adversity helping against Central on Tuesday. “Throughout the season, you want your team to go through everything.”

It should come as no surprise that Novi is once again the favorite to win the state title. It has been to the Class A finals in each of the past two years, winning in 2015.

Erin O’Leary finished with 42 assists, Abryanna Cannon had 19 kills and Ally Cummings recorded 11 kills and 14 digs for Novi (50-1).

“We can always rely on (O’Leary) to come in and be steady,” Cottrill said of her junior captain. “She makes adjustments on the floor without us. It’s huge, especially when the expectations are high. She’s been through that and knows what it takes.”

Novi’s next matchup will take place on Thursday in the regional final against Farmington Hills Mercy.

“Most of it at this point is our mental focus,” Cottrill said of improvements moving forward. “We need to focus on (Farmington Hills) Mercy.”

Class B

Detroit University Prep def. Detroit Voyageur 25-18, 25-11, 25-18: Shyann Washington finished with seven kills and eight aces, Hannah Miller recorded three kills, three blocks and two drop assists and Mariah Bay had three kills and three assists for University Prep.

Volleyball

Class A

Bloomfield Hills Marian 3, Grosse Pointe North 0

Clarkston 3, Macomb Dakota 0

Davison 3, Flushing 0

DeWitt 3, Richland Gull Lake 1

Farmington Hills Mercy 3, Brighton 0

Fenton 3, Utica Eisenhower 2

Grand Haven 3, East Grand Rapids 0

Grosse Pointe South 3, Dearborn 0

Livonia Churchill 3, Detroit Renaissance 0

Midland 3, Traverse City Central 0

Portage Central 3, Holt 0

Rockford 3, Zeeland East 0

Saline 3, Riverview 0

Sterling Heights Stevenson 3, Troy Athens 0

Temperance Bedford 3, Allen Park 1

Class B

Adrian 3, Grosse Ile 0

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 3, Ida 0

Buchanan 3, Battle Creek Harper Creek 1

Detroit University Prep 3, Detroit Voyageur 0

Goodrich 3, Marysville 0

Haslett 3, Grand Rapids South Christian 2

Holland Christian 3, Fruitport 2

Lake Odessa Lakewood 3, Olivet 0

North Branch 3, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 1

St. Clair Shores South Lake 3, Livonia Clarenceville 0

Vicksburg 3, Plainwell 0

Class C

Adrian Madison 3, Wixom St. Catherine 0

Allen Park Cabrini 3, Cornerstone Health/Technology 0

Bronson 3, Bridgman 0

Brown City 3, Reese 0

Calumet 3, Munising 0

Charlevoix 3, Johannesburg-Lewiston 0

Kalamazoo Christian 3, Centreville 1

Kent City 3, Saranac 1

Laingsburg 3, Grand Rapids Covenant 1

Monroe St. Mary Catholic 3, Napoleon 0

Morley Stanwood 3, Coleman 2

Rudyard 3, Iron Mountain 2

Shelby 3, Saginaw Valley Lutheran 1

Traverse City St. Francis 3, McBain 2

Class D

Athens 3, St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran 0

Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 3, Southfield Christian 0

Carney-Nadeau 3, Lake Linden-Hubbell 2

Crystal Falls Forest Park 3, Rapid River 0

Fife Lake Forest Area 3, Fairview 0

Kinde-North Huron 3, Genesee Christian 0

Lansing Christian 3, Adrian Lenawee Christian 2

Leland 3, Bellaire 0

Mendon 3, Battle Creek St. Philip 0

Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart 3, Holland Calvary 0

Pellston 3, Brimley 1

Penwater 3, Fruitport Calvary Christian 2

Plymouth Christian 3, North Adams-Jerome 0

Portland St. Patrick 3, Caseville 1

Rogers City 3, DeTour 0

Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 3, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 0