Volleyball: Dreads finish first at competitive Parma Western Tournament

The Dexter varsity volleyball team continues to “set” impressive milestones and accomplishments as they begin to gear up for the postseason. The Dreadnaughts clearly became one of the teams to beat in the upcoming Districts when they beat longtime nemesis Ann Arbor Huron at the Parma Western Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.

The Dreadnaughts’ win over the River Rats was in the semifinal match on their way to the tournament title. Dexter went 5-1 at Parma Western and improved to 25-9 on the season overall and a perfect 11-0 in the SEC White Division.

Dexter Coach D’Ann Dunn was proud of the way her team played against some very good competition and likes the way her club is playing heading down the stretch.

“Seeing the excitement on each of the girl’s faces with the wins over Huron and Bronson made the day a perfect day for a volleyball coach,” Dunn said. “This was the first tournament four-year varsity letter winner Alexa Bell has won. We are looking forward to the rest of the season with big tournaments and big matches.”

The Dreadnaughts opened pool play by beating Napolean 25-15, 25-7 led by Quinn LaFontaine with five kills and Karli Deutscher with seven kills.

After losing to Bronson (15-25, 21-25), Dexter beat Grass Lake 25-11, 25-10 led by Bell with four service aces and five kills and Brooklyn Brown with five kills.

Dexter finished second in the pool and third overall with Bronson in first place and Ann Arbor Huron in second.

The Dreads met Grass Lake in the first round of bracket play and scored a 25-16, 25-12 win. Jessica Stout had two service aces and five digs; Taylor Venuto had nine kills and Brown had five kills.

It was on to the semifinals and a match with Huron. It was a total team effort as the Dreadnaughts won 25-22, 28-26 in two very close matches.

Venuto had 16 kills and Brown had six kills. Middles Deutscher and Abby Herman contributed four kills apiece.

“We had 13 defensive digs by Jessica Stout and 12 more by Jillian Kless and that helped our defense win the game,” Dunn said.

The championship match against No. 1 Bronson in Class C was tough competition and allowed for the Dreads to spike a little revenge after losing in pool play.

Dexter won in three sets 25-23, 21-25, 15-12.

Dexter was successful with a true team effort: Service aces – 6; defensive digs – 45; defensive blocks – 5; setter assists – 34; and offensive kills – 61.

Venuto had 14 kills and Brown had 10 kills and 11 defensive digs.

Dexter hosts rival Chelsea on Tuesday in the annual Dig Pink match and then host SEC Red power Skyline to celebrate Senior Night on Oct. 24.

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