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February 22 2007
arlee Novice is hardly a
novice when it comes to
frustrating Bloomfield Hills
Andover High School's volleyball
"She's one of the best defensive spe-
cialists in the OAA (Oakland Activities
Association):' said longtime Andover
coach Bob Hurdle. Statistics support
Hurdle's tall praise for the 5-foot-0
Novice (pronounced no-viss)
recorded 191 digs in Andover's first
30 matches this season, an average of
6.3 per game, while making just 16
receiving errors. A player is credited
with a dig when she keeps an oppos-
ing team's shot from hitting the floor.
Novice doesn't mind
doing the dirty work for
teammates, whose precise
sets and thunderous spikes
get more attention from
fans and more ink in the
"I also play defense
in soccer:' said Novice,
who participates in that
sport for Andover and the
Bloomfield Force travel program. "I
guess that's my personality."
Novice and four other Jewish play-
ers have helped shape an Andover
volleyball team that was 24-6 heading
into the home stretch of the season.
The Barons won the OAA Division
II championship earlier this month.
They clinched the division's best dual
match record (7-1) with a victory over
Rochester, then two days later won the
division tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Andover lost only one game in four
matches in the tournament. That
came in a 23 - 25, 25 - 23, 15 - 11 win over
No. 3 seed Lake Orion in the finals.
The Barons defeated Lake Orion twice
in the tournament, avenging their lone
division dual match loss. Lake Orion
and West Bloomfield both went 6-2 in
division dual matches, tying for sec-
ond place behind Andover.
Among the other Jewish players on
Andover's roster, senior middle hitter
Lauren Linden and junior right-
side hitter Becca Segal join Novice
in the Barons' starting lineup. Junior
defensive specialist Jules Botham
and junior outside hitter Jessica
Langnas contribute off the bench.
"Lauren has had an outstanding
senior year:' Hurdle said, noting that
Linden made just 17 errors on her
first 162 kill attempts and was cred-
ited with 68 kills.
Look for Segal to move to left side
hitter next season. Botham, who plays
behind two seniors, and Langnas
should see more action next year.
West Bloomfield coach Jason Gold
hoped his team would challenge
Andover for the division tournament
championship, but the No. 2-seeded
Lakers lost two of three matches and
Lake Orion and No. 4 seed
Rochester defeated West Bloomfield
(19-16-8 overall) after the Lakers had
beaten both in division dual matches.
West Bloomfield's lone tourna-
ment victory was against No. 7
seed North Farmington, leaving
the Lakers in fourth place in the
overall division standings.
Junior Debbie Gross didn't
play for West Bloomfield in
the tournament, opting to par-
ticipate in a competition for the
school's forensics team.
Maccabi Needs You
Players are needed for the
Metropolitan Detroit JCC Maccabi
Club's girls softball (ages 13-16), boys
and girls swimming (13-16) and
boys soccer (12-14) teams that will
compete this summer in Houston and
Baltimore. Contact Karen Gordon at
(248) 432-5482 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hot Stove in Israel
ForMer major leaguers Ron
Blomberg, Ken Holtzman and
Art Shamsky have been named
managers of three of the six teams
in the new Israel Baseball League by
Commissioner Daniel Kurtzer, for-
mer U.S. ambassador to Israel. They're
the first managing jobs for Blomberg,
58, Holtzman, 61, and Shamsky, 65.
Opening day for the IBL is June 24.
Teams will play a 45 - game regular-
season schedule, followed by playoffs.
A draft will determine the 20 - man
rosters, which will include Jewish and
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