The Dearborn High volleyball team was just on their Monday night game against visiting Allen Park and Katherine Belaire provided the exclamation mark as the Pioneers argued they were going to be tough during these 2021 playoffs.
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Dearborn swept the talented Jaguars 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-15) in the first round of Division 1, District 25 at Dearborn High. It’s not just that they won, but how they won highlighted by Belaire and solid play up front.
Belaire, a senior, killed him all night and every time Allen Park seemed to be running, she would play a game to brake and put the Pioneers back in the driver’s seat.
Dearborn will face city rival Divine Child on Wednesday at Wyandotte Roosevelt in the semifinals.
The Pioneers started strong from the first end. Senior Isabelle Winek delivered an ace to give Dearborn an 11-5 lead in Game 1. A victory for Lilliana Bronson raised the score to 14-9, then the home side took a 16-9 lead.
A tip from Belaire pushed the Pioneers ahead of 18-10.
The Jags continued to fight and a win by Alexis Crosslin reduced the deficit to 19-12.
Second-year back-to-back Katya Salame wins saw Dearborn lead 21-12.
Allen Park had a great run – an ace from Crosslin and wins from Bailey McCalister and Alana Hardin brought the Jags down to 24-19.
But a tip from Bronson ended the first set with a 25-21 win for the Pioneers.
The second set was tight until the halfway point.
The teams were tied at 5-5 and a victory for Belaire tied him at 10-10. An ace from Allen Park’s Emma Ramey tied him at 12-12. Then Belaire took over. Her block put Dearborn in the lead 15-13, then another block from the senior made it 18-14.
The Jags were playing hard and wouldn’t go quietly.
From the back row, Belaire took off and threw a monster spike down the middle of the ground to give the Pioneers a 24-18 lead. They collected the next point for a 25-18 victory in Game 2.
Belaire made a statement to start the third set with another big kill to make it 1-0.
A Maddy MacDonald victory brought Allen Park down to 7-5.
But Belaire’s victories were 9-5 then 11-7. His tip gave Dearborn a 13-7 lead. A Madison Lindow block and then kill gave the Pioneers a 23-14 lead and Dearborn took a 25-15 win over a Bronson kill.
The Pioneers will travel to Wyandotte Roosevelt on Wednesday to face Divine Child at 7 p.m. The match will be preceded by a semi-final between Edsel Ford and host Bears. The final is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wyandotte.