Renaissance middle blocker Jessica Radford named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Renaissance High has remained unbeaten throughout the Detroit Public School League girls’ volleyball season and one of the main reasons is middle blocker Jessica Radford, the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

Radford, a 5-9 junior, is coming off a typically steady stretch in which her prowess at the net led Renaissance to a pair of league victories against Ford and Western and, last weekend, the championship in the Flint Beecher Invitational Tournament.

Renaissance Jessica Radford PSLER of the Week photoShe’s really been a steadying influence on the team,’’ Renaissance coach Louis Mitchell said.  “She’s a real high-energy kid who loves to learn and get better.”

Against Ford, Radford had three aces, two kills and one block and she followed that with two aces, five kills and two blocks against Western.

Radford was outstanding with 36 aces, 15 kills and seven blocks in 14 sets of the Flint Beecher tourney, in which she helped Renaissance post a 7-0 record to run its overall record to a perfect 26-0.

Radford also excels in the classroom with a 3.2 grade point average. She’s in her second year on the varsity and her growth as a starter is one of the positives in the Lady Phoenix’s push to reclaim the PSL title for the first time in five seasons.

“You can see her improvement from last year to this year in leaps and bounds,” Mitchell said. “She’s one of the top blockers on the team and has also improved her serving. Her focus has been outstanding. She’s been contributing all season on offense and defense.”

The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.

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