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A night of triumph and bittersweet emotions on the volleyball court.

Under the dimly lit lights of the South gymnasium, emotions ran high as the crowd gathered to honor the graduating seniors of the Varsity Volleyball team. In a night of celebration and nostalgia, the recent MAC White champions added another victory to their undefeated season in an intense match against South Lyon East High School.

In a tight five set victory, South showcased outstanding teamwork to continue their winning streak. Reflecting back on the season, Olivia McMillin ’25 said the seniors have played a huge role in the team’s camaraderie and unity.

“Our team this season got really close when we went on the camping trip in August and we’ve just gotten closer after every game,” McMillin said. “The seniors make all of us feel welcome and bring up the energy while playing.”

Not only has the team’s relationship deepened throughout the season, but McMillin said the girls’ skills have also evolved and contributed to the team’s strength.

“Our team performance has gotten so much better since the first practice we’ve had,” McMillin said. “The sport is so fun to play and playing with a group of girls who get along so great and support each other makes being part of South Volleyball a great time.”

Similar to McMillin, Lilah Supino ’24 also recognizes her personal growth and the unique team dynamic. She said her senior night was filled with bittersweet emotions as her final season comes to an end.

“On the night we beat South Lyon East, I was super emotional because of senior night and I was so proud of how far we’ve come. I’m just so proud of this team,” Supino said.

The team has come far indeed. With the leadership of the seniors, South will continue to progress toward the state tournament, with their next stop being districts.

“Senior night was really emotional saying goodbye to Ally Edwards, Lilah Supino and Eleni Melhem, but it was really fun to beat South Lyon East since they are a really good team”, McMillin said. “We competed really well and worked together to earn a big win.”

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Mimi Mager ’24, Staff Writer
Mimi Mager ’24 is a first year staff writer looking forward to being a part of The Tower community. Mimi said her go-to fun fact she tells people is that she spent the first several years of her life living in China. She also is fluent in Chinese, but will never speak it in front of people—even her parents. Mimi’s interest in Tower came when she saw how fun, and communicative, the program is. “I’m super excited to be able to add my voice into the school newspaper and be able to work with so many amazing people, work out of my comfort zone and take on things I would normally feel comfortable doing,” Mager said. Besides being a new member of The Tower, Mimi spends most of her time volunteering, working and being a part of the Girls Varsity Tennis team.

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