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Posted: 11/13/13

Above, the newly crowned district champs, 2013 Romeo girls' varsity volleyball team,
during district playoffs Nov. 7 against Eisenhower. Below top, junior Lauren Korth and senior Claire Fraeyman guard the Romeo side of the court at the net making sure the ball does not land on their side during district playoffs. Below bottom, senior Jodie Bosheers gets ready for one of her many kills late in the third game during district playoffs.

(Observer photos by Mike Nicley)

Varsity volleyball
team district champs

Observer Sports Writer
      A couple of MAC division champions, Romeo and Utica Eisenhower, went toe-to-toe for the MHSAA Division I, district 31 title last Thursday at Utica Ford, with the Lady Bulldogs coming out on top in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-21.
       Romeo, 42-7-4 overall, 10-0 in the MAC White, came out strong and built an early lead in the first set, but the Eagles, 37-9 overall and 10-0 MAC Blue, regrouped and tied the match late at 20-20.
       With Romeo up 22-21, junior Deanna Krumholz, who is quietly having a solid season for the Lady Bulldogs, served out the set for the 25-21 win.
       The second set of the match went much like the first with Romeo building an early lead, only to see Ike battle back to make it close until Krumholz, who had 15 service points for the match, including six aces, served out the set for a 2-0 set lead.
       Ike did all they could in the third set to put themselves back in the match, but in the end the Bulldogs simply had too much firepower and was to face another MAC champion in Dakota yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the regional semifinals at Sterling Heights Stevenson. Results were not available at presstime.
       If the Bulldogs beat Dakota, they were scheduled to face the winner of the L'Anse Creuse-Fraser match Thursday evening at Stevenson.
       Against Ike, senior outside hitter Karlie Kelly led Romeo with 16 kills and six digs, followed by sophomore hitter Gia Milana who had 14 kills, one block and two aces. Senior Biz Betzing finished with four kills, senior Claire Fraeyman had three kills and two blocks, junior setter Lauren Korth had four kills and 35 assists, senior Jodie Bosheers had one kill and one block and senior Ali Bellas added six service points, including two aces for Romeo.
       "What a great birthday present tonight's district win was," said Romeo Coach Stacy Williams. "Our girls really worked together and fought for this three game win.''
       Romeo 3, Utica 0:
       Wednesday, at Ford, in the district semifinal, Milana led the way with 12 kills, one block and five aces, followed by Kelly, who had 11 kills, one block and three aces. Fraeyman had one kill and three blocks; Betzing was next with seven kills and one ace, Bosheers had four kills and two blocks, Korth had five kills, Krumholz chipped in with two aces.
       "Tonight was not our best performance,'' said Williams. "We struggled with unforced errors. That being said, we did pass well on serve receive which we have really been focusing on in practice. It was great to see the girls staying together despite our errors.''
       Romeo 3, Sterling Heights Stevenson 0:
       At Utica Ford II last week Monday night, Milana had 17 kills and 14 service points, including nine aces to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 25-13, 25-17 and 25-12 win over the Titans in a district quarterfinal volleyball match.
       Kelly had another solid performance finishing with seven kills, three aces and one block for Romeo. Bosheers was next with four kills and one block, Betzing came through with four kills, two blocks and one service ace, Fraeyman had three kills and one block, Korth had one kill and three aces and Bellas finished with one kill and three aces for the Lady Bulldogs who had 29 aces during the match.
       "The girls went into our match tonight with determination,'' said Williams. "We knew if we played up to our capabilities we could win and that's exactly what we did. Gia (Milana) was exceptionally strong from the service line and set the pace for us at the net as well. Our whole front row chipped in kills and our servers were just as aggressive.''

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