Recruiting & Scouting

Volleyball: Lake Orion Ladies Reaching for More in 2012

   | Dan Stickradt

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LAKE ORION — For those around Lake Orion’s volleyball program, the 2011 seasons was a campaign to remember. But despite advancing the Final Four and finishing as the Class A state runner-up a year ago, Lake Orion’s season of dreams did not include a league title. The Dragons have earmarked a conference championship among its long list of goals this season.

“I think that is one or our goals this season,” offered first-year Lake Orion head coach Ross Talbott, an assistant coach on last year’s team. “With all of the success we had last year, we still finished second to Clarkston in our league.” Lake Orion defeated Clarkston in the state semifinals last season after dropping a five-game thriller to the Wolves last October in the OAA Red Division league finale. This season the Dragons and Clarkston should be among the leaders once again, although several other teams in the league field more competitive teams this season.

“The OAA is back,” admitted Talbott, who watched the Dragons get swept by Rockford in last year’s Class A state finals. “Last year we had two really good teams that both got to the Final Four, but the rest of the league was really young overall. This year I think the competitiveness of the league will be the way it was 4-5 years ago.”

Last year’s head coach Bob Howey took a promotion in June at his firm and didn’t have the time needed to devote to coaching full-time. Talbott, who has deep roots in the club circuit in the Metro Detroit area, stepped in