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Farmington, Farmington Hills

Volleyball playoffs right around the corner

Published October 30, 2013

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Farmington High’s Katherine McAllister sends a pass in a match earlier this season. The Falcons drew a bye in their first round of district action.
The Farmington Hills Harrison bench cheers during a point in a match earlier this season. Harrison takes on rival North Farmington in the first round of districts.

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The road to Battle Creek and the volleyball state championships are in sight, but first, teams will be making their first stops at the district level.

Here’s a look at where each of the local teams will be and which programs will be joining them.

First-round matchups take place Nov. 4, semifinals are Nov. 6 and finals are Nov. 8 unless otherwise notes.

Class A at Southfield High
Along with a new banner being added to the gym, for Farmington High, a district championship would mean the chance to play on its home floor again.

The Falcons host a regional and after only three matches played on their home floor all regular season, coach Michael Scott and the rest of his team are using that partly as motivation.

“It gives the seniors something to look forward to, and obviously for the rest of the team, to play in front of their home crowd one more time,” Scott said.

Scott knows the path to regionals is a tough one.

Farmington drew a first-round bye and plays the winner of Detroit Renaissance and Southfield High in a semifinal at 5:30 p.m.

On the other side of the bracket, Detroit International and Detroit Mumford meet in the first round, with the winner taking on Farmington Hills Mercy at 7 p.m. in a semifinal.

The championship is 7 p.m.

“The favorite has to be Mercy,” Scott said. “They’re good every year and ranked every year. If we’re going to get out of districts, we have to go through them, I would guess.”

Scott said the team is coming together right now, with players comfortably fitting into their roles.

“They’re improving from where we were even two weeks ago, which is becoming a positive result for the team overall,” he said. “I think when we play our game, it doesn’t look real exciting, but if we play our game and stick to the system, we’ll be fine. I think some of our girls used to get a little tense, but that’s changed the last couple weeks. They’ve really stepped up when it’s gotten tight.”

Class A at Bloomfield Hills Marian
Rivals North Farmington and Farmington Hills Harrison open this district at 7 p.m. The winner takes on Bloomfield Hills Marian in a semifinal at 7 p.m.

In the other semifinal, Bloomfield Hills High meets Birmingham Seaholm at 5:30 p.m.

The championship is 7 p.m.

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