Tecumseh is Class B district volleyball champion

Mickey Alvarado

Tecumseh varsity volleyball team — (row one, l-r) Danielle Nowak, Claire Marks-Wilt, Emily Phelan, Karman Wilford, Kamryn Powell and Jessica Kane. Row two, assistant coach Adrian Edwards, Jordan Howard, Alayna Polter, Faith Myers, Tyffani Bryan, Taylor Mareches, Morgan Skelton, Megan Freitas, Kayla Wild and coach Kim Foley. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

It was a three-and-out Saturday for Tecumseh’s varsity volleyball team with the Indians defeating Columbia Central 25-17, 25-20 and 25-22 for the Class B district title at Adrian High School on November 7.
Tecumseh also defeated Jonesville in three straight sets on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the semifinal.
“Our motto is make every play better,” said Tecumseh coach Kim Foley. “My passers were amazing. They were passing the ball up to my setter who was making smart sets and my attackers were just crushing the ball.”
Tecumseh played Grosse Ile in the regional semifinal on Tuesday in Milan and won the first two sets but lost 3-2 (25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 24-26, 7-15) to end the season at 45-5-1.
Megan Freitas is the Indians’ main setter and she had 26 in the final against Columbia Central and 28 in the semi against Jonesville.
Freitas added 13 digs and three kills in the final while Morgan Skelton had 10 kills with 17 digs and an ace.
In the final, Tecumseh’s Tyffani Bryan had eight kills, three blocks and five digs while Taylor Mareches (1 ace, 5 digs) and Kayla Wild (1 dig) each had five kills.
“We moved the ball around, had lots of different looks, so I think it made it hard to defend us,” Foley said.
Lyza Myers is possibly Columbia’s biggest threat and the Indians knew taking her out of the game was the key to winning the district title.
“They’re a great team and Lyza Myers is a great player,” said Foley. “We really worked on defending against her because we knew they would go to her over and over. We followed our game plan.”
It was a noticeably emotional victory for the Indians.
“There’s a lot of naysayers, saying we haven’t played anybody; we’re not that good. And we know that we work hard every day. We come to practice, we’re focused. So, the girls really wanted this. It’s been three years since Tecumseh’s won a championship,” Foley said.
In regionals, Skelton recorded one ace, 17 kills, one block and 20 digs; Mareches, one ace, 12 kills, two blocks and four digs; Bryan, one ace, six kills, three blocks and one dig; and Freitas, five kills, two blocks, 39 sets and 10 digs.


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