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November 20, 2012

Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball falls in quarterfinal

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team sets up a play in a match earlier this season. The Marlins lost in a Class A quarterfinal to end their year 46-11 overall.

It took more than 24 hours before Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball coach Loretta Vogel could even talk about her team’s loss to Temperance Bedford.

The Marlins fell in four games in a Class A quarterfinal Nov. 13 at Gibralter Carlson.

“It’s probably the best performance we had all year. Bedford played well. There were times in the fourth game that we had a substantial lead and couldn’t put them away,” Vogel said. “They would get the right touch. It’s just a credit to them.”

Mercy won the first game 25-23, then went on to lose the next three by the same score, according to the coach.

“It could have gone either way. So close, yet so far,” Vogel said.

The Marlins end the year 46-11 overall and say goodbye to seniors Logan Horejsi, Molly O’Sullivan, Lexi Schultz, Mary Dulzo, Catherine Morgan and McKenzie Borland.

Vogel started coaching Mercy when the seniors were freshmen.

“That’s very special to us,” she said. “I can’t say too much, because I think I will get emotional. That’s a statement in itself.”

The coach added that this squad had a different look than years past.

“For the last two or three years, we had some outstanding athletes. This year, I think it was a more well-rounded team effort, offensively,” Vogel said. “I think everyone realized we needed big games from everyone to have success. For us, it was a good year. I don’t think some people thought Mercy would be strong because we lost so much from last year, but I think it was a good year. We made it to the quarterfinals, and that’s a very successful season for us.”

Vogel also sees success in the near future.

“We have a lot of girls that’ll move up from JV ... and fill in,” she said. “Let’s put it this way: I’m anxious for next year. I’m already looking at it, and we have a lot of nice players coming. It’s a compliment to our program and the girls at Mercy.”

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