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DPS Office of Athletics
Renaissance decided that Cass Tech’s five-year reign as Detroit Public School League girls’ volleyball champions was long enough.
Keyed by a 25-7 blitz in the first set, Coach Louis Mitchell’s Lady Phoenix gained the confidence to win the next two sets 25-21, 26-24 and, with the sweep, dethroned Coach Ramona Cox’s Lady Technicians before a large, boisterous crowd Thursday, Oct. 22 at Western International High School.
“I think that first set established the tone for our kids,” Mitchell said. “It had been so long since we were city champions that we had to believe we could beat Cass. We had to work hard for it in the end but we were able to take it up another notch to get the victory.”
The Lady Technicians’ ball control offense managed to get them back in the game but Renaissance’s early onslaught and ability to maintain the pressure caught them flat-footed.
“Renaissance came out real strong and I don’t think we were prepared initially,” Cox said. “We finally got it together and we kept fighting, but it was too little, too late.” For photos of the 2015 PSL championship match, click on the Detroit Public School League page on Facebook:
In the consolation match for third place, King defeated East English Village 25-10, 25-17, 25-21. For photos, click on the Detroit Public School League page on Facebook: