Clarkston picks up key early season OAA Red win over Seaholm

Volleyball   | Jeff Dullack

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BIRMINGHAM – After watching her team put together a strong showing at a quad last week as Clarkston finished a perfect 3-0 on the night, including a convincing win over Seaholm, head coach Kelly Pinner want her team to be cautious and not overlook the Maples as they would face off one week later.

The Wolves were focused on Thursday night as they jumped out to take game one from Seaholm and after the Maples bounced back to win the second game, Clarkston proceeded to win the final two games for the four game win, 25-13, 16-25, 25-22 and 25-23.

“We lost to Lake Orion on Saturday, so I think our mindset was that we can lose to anybody and we need to play hard against everybody,” said Pinner. “They’ll never say it and they’ll hate for me to say it, but losing sometimes makes us better. I think that helped this week, I think that they know they’re vulnerable and they have to work hard against everybody.”

After Clarkston (24-3-1) and Seaholm (19-5-2) exchanged convincing wins in games one and two, Clarkston picked up a narrow win in the third game to take a 2-1 lead heading to game four.

Pinner said that after big momentum shifts between the first and second games, both teams settled in and it turned out to be a key win for the Wolves early on in OAA Red play.

“In the first game, we got hot pretty early,” she said. “I think that got them on their heels pr