Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills celebrated national signing day in a big way. Six seniors signed their letters of intent for six different NCAA division-I athletic programs. Three of those seniors are members of the volleyball program.
Outside hitter Sophie Treder signed to Brown University, outside hitter Ava Brizard signed to North Carolina State University, and middle blocker Sarah Sylvester signed to Texas Christian University.
“We’ve been together since we were freshman,” said Sylvester. “It is sort of full circle that our whole career has been together.”
Marian boasts some of the best volleyball players in the state. Brizard and Sylvester are Michigan Miss Volleyball finalists, the most prestigious award for high school volleyball players.
“It’ll probably hit me soon enough, but it has been so incredibly special,” said Brizard. “Sarah and Sophie are my best friends and they’ve worked so hard over the years and it has been a pleasure to watch them grow and develop over the years.”
There are four seniors in the 2022 class and the only athlete to not take part in the fall signing day was Janiah Jones, who is currently undecided on her college decision. Head Coach Mayassa Cook said Jones has plenty of NCAA Division-I offers to choose from. Cook is in her fourth year, so this season’s senior class are the freshman she stared with and the first players she coached.
So, the entire senior class of @marianathletics volleyball is all going D1. Two of which are Miss Michigan VB candidates. They graduated NOBODY from last year's state championship team. And they have the regional final up next. Pretty decent.https://t.co/9DHMiYBrpP pic.twitter.com/BjOrMLFaal— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) November 10, 2021
“Not bad at all, no complaints here,” laughed Cook. “There is so much talent here and I’ve been so spoiled by these athletes.”
The icing on the cake for this talented senior class would be a chance to repeat as state champions. Marian won the 2020 title and is returning their entire team. The volleyball program did go back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.
“It would be so special It just feels like a fever dream to be honest,” said Treder.
Marian will continue their quest for another state title in the regional final Thursday at Novi High School against Lake Orion.