Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball claims Class A district title

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published November 5, 2015

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball continued its dominance in district action.

The Marlins beat Farmington Hills Harrison 21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19 for a Class A district championship Nov. 5 at West Bloomfield High.

In the deciding game, the Marlins led 16-10 before the Hawks started their rally to close the gap to 17-16, forcing Mercy coach Loretta Vogel to call a timeout.

“We knew where they were going to hit, or at least we thought we did, so we started moving accordingly,” Vogel said. “We needed to make sure what we were running and who we wanted to get the ball to.”

From the break, the Marlins went on an 8-3 run to claim the program’s 16th district title in a row.

“We became (relaxed) in those last three games,” Harrison coach Michael Love said. “We made simple mistakes and got in our own heads, which forced more errors upon ourselves.”

After battling back from 7-3 in Game 1, Harrison outscored Mercy 9-5 to take the first.

In Game 2, Mercy controlled the match, only trailing after the first point.

Vogel credited a change in the defense to counter Harrison’s big hitters.

“Right away in the second game, you could tell we were getting touches,” she said.

Mercy again set the pace in the third, taking a 3-2 lead and never looked back. In Game 4, Harrison started 4-0 before Mercy went on a 10-2 run to take control.

The Hawks finish the year 39-13-2. Mercy goes to 55-13-1 and plays its regional semifinal against the winner of Hartland High and South Lyon High at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at Novi High.

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