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Posted: 09/18/13

Above, 10th-grader Breanna Olley setting the ball to senior Jodie Bosheers against Anchor Bay. Below top, senior Claire Fraeyman at the net trying to get the ball over as the Anchor Bay opponent tries to block it. Below bottom, 10th-grader Erica LaBaere and senior Claire Fraeyman team up at the net on a defensive move against Anchor Bay so the ball does not fall on the Romeo side.

(Observer photos by Mike Nicley)

Volleyball program takes
leap forward with week of wins

Observer Sports Writer
      Now that's a good week.
       The Romeo volleyball program took another step forward in its development this past week when the varisty team improved to 14-2-1 overall by winning a dual with Anchor Bay and then winning the Program Cup at the Michigan Elite program invitational on Saturday in Warren.
       Against Anchor Bay in the MAC White division opener, the host Lady Bulldogs won in three straight<25-23, 25-19 and 25-13. Sophomore outside hitter Gia Milana led Romeo with 14 kills and four aces; senior hitter Karlie Kelly finished with 11 kills and two aces and setter Lauren Korth had 26 assists and seven aces on the night.
       "We were a little nervous in the first game but once we got over that we played very well," said Romeo Coach Stacy Williams. "We were united as a team and everyone contributed to the win."
       On Saturday in the Program Cup tournament at Michigan Elite, Romeo finished in first place at the varsity and freshman levels and in third at the junior varsity level to win the seven-team tournament.
       It came down to the last match against Hartland for the varsity to take first, which they won in two straight. Kelly had 11 kills and Milana had 10 to lead the Lady Bulldogs, which had 27 kills, 6 aces, 4 blocks and 16 digs as a team against Hartland.
       "It was a great day for all our teams,'' said Williams. "The best part was the support and encouragement we gave each other. Our last match against Hartland the excitement in the gym was amazing. The athletes, fans and coaches all shared something special. This was a great win for our program."

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