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After the Michigan high school volleyball state playoffs officially began on Monday, most of the first-round matchups came down to the mitts on Tuesday.

Dearborn Edsel Ford Vs. Wyandotte Roosevelt, Taylor Vs. Allen Park District Volleyball Image Gallery

Southgate Anderson hosted a pair of Division 1 District 20 quarterfinals as Dearborn Edsel Ford battled Wyandotte Roosevelt and Taylor High met Allen Park.

Both matches went quite differently to say the least.


The first quarterfinal of the night turned out to be the more action-packed and drama-filled of the two on Tuesday. It ended with Edsel Ford overcoming a 2-0 deficit to win the match 3-2 (23-25, 14-25, 25-23, 25-20, 18-16).

“I always tell my players, ‘I don’t care if we win or lose, I care how we win and how we lose,” Edsel coach Marisa Sauve said. “Today was not our day. But I have to give it to Wyandotte, they were relentless and took us completely out of our element.”

As the match results show, Roosevelt had momentum on its side in the first two sets. The Thunderbirds were forced to call timeouts twice in the opening set to slow the Bears’ scoring, but it wasn’t enough.

In the second set, Edsel scored 10 of the first 14 points, leading to a Roosevelt timeout. However, Roosevelt responded with an 18-3 spurt after a timeout to eventually take a 2-0 lead in the match.

“Our passing was just not there tonight,” Sauve said. “It really took a lot out of our offense. But overall we had to get back to a more fundamental level to get our communication and energy level back to where it needs to be.”

The two teams went back and forth in three sets, but it ended with Edsel scoring four of the last five points. The T-Birds turned that must-win win into much of the fourth set, forcing a match-deciding fifth set.

Rightfully so, it crossed the 15-point mark. Roosevelt failed to cash in on three consecutive game points as it led 14-13, 15-14, 16-15. In the last, Edsel hit back with three consecutive points and closed the set and the match.

“In districts, none of the teams you face are the same as they were at the beginning of the season,” Sauve said. “As much as we’ve improved, so have all the other teams. We didn’t show that tonight, we didn’t come ready to play. If we keep it up, it’s going to be a long week.”


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