Members of the Bloomfield Hills Marian volleyball team huddle after a point in a regional semifinal Nov. 8 against Farmington Hills Mercy at Farmington High. The Mustangs fell 3-2 to the Marlins and finished the season at 42-9 overall.

Members of the Bloomfield Hills Marian volleyball team huddle after a point in a regional semifinal Nov. 8 against Farmington Hills Mercy at Farmington High. The Mustangs fell 3-2 to the Marlins and finished the season at 42-9 overall.

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Marian volleyball wraps up season in regional semifinal

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published November 14, 2019

FARMINGTON — During the regular season, Division 1 No. 5 Bloomfield Hills Marian played No. 1 Farmington Hills Mercy four times. The Marlins won each time and didn’t give up a single set along the way.

Throughout the year, the two teams picked up on each other’s tendencies. All the familiarity culminated Nov. 8 at Farmington High as the Mustangs took the Marlins to a fifth set, ultimately falling 3-2 in a regional semifinal.

“Tonight we saw what we as coaches believe they’ve had all season,” Marian coach Mayssa Cook said. “Being primarily freshmen and sophomores on the court, it was one of those things where it was now or never. I saw the fight in them that I knew they were capable of.”

The Marlins jumped out to a two-set lead, then the Mustangs won the next two sets 25-19 and 30-28 to force a match-deciding fifth set.

The fifth set saw Marian unable to recover from a 5-0 Marlins run to open the game. Mercy went on to win 15-6 and move on.

“At some point, everyone knows each other,” Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said. “I think there’s such a big rivalry with all the emotion that takes place. I thought Marian earned their points and they played well.”

Marian finished the season at 42-9 overall with a team consisting of three seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen.

Hadley Moran is one of the three seniors departing from the team.

“I consider her the mom on the team,” Cook said. “She was always looking out for the underclassmen in school and making sure they weren’t doing anything wrong.”

The second departure from the program is Christine Audette.

“Christine is almost like another coach on the team; she’s got that calming presence,” Cook said. “She made huge plays in big moments for us this season.”

The third is Lia Barash. Cook said she will remember Barash’s maturity and hard work in practice.

This season was about improvement for the Mustangs. From day one through the end, Cook saw her team show consistent growth, which made for what she said was a really fun season.

Marian looks to be in good shape again heading into next year, as it returns the majority of its roster.

“They’re only going to get better and the chemistry is coming along,” Cook said about her underclassmen. “We’re going to start the season with just a little more confidence to help us do more damage.”