It was a “Home, Sweep Home” kind of Saturday for the Livonia Ladywood volleyball team, which swept to a 5-0 record and the championship trophy in the Blazer Invitational.
The hosts’ triumphant performance came one week after they lost a heart-breaking match-deciding 15-13 decision in the final round of the Perry Invitational.
Ladywood, now 10-1-2, was energized by strong play from senior captain Kayla March (32 kills), junior Abbi Laurentius (30 digs) and junior Maggie Shirk, who racked up 13 kills, 15 digs and six service aces.
“This was a complete team effort,” said Ladywood head coach Peter Lau. “Everyone made plays, everyone contributed. “The tournament field was solid and included several Class A high schools, and a couple of state-ranked teams – St. Mary’s Catholic Central (ranked No. 1 in Class C) and Plymouth Christian Academy (ranked No. 6 in Class D).”
The Blazers endured the entire day without losing a single set. They rolled through pool play with victories over Royal Oak (25-10, 25-5), Franklin Road Christian (25-6, 25-4) and PCA (25-18, 25-21).
In win-or-go-home bracket play, Ladywood sidelined St. Catherine of Siena Academy, 25-20 and 25-20, before taking the rematch with PCA, 25-16, 25-22.
In addition to the players mentioned previously, Monique Lamoureux (27 assists) and Natasha Strzelewicz (seven aces) contributed mightily to the title-winning performance.