Mercy volleyball bows out of playoffs

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published November 17, 2015

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NOVI — As is tradition when the season comes to a close, the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team walked hand in hand and took a bow in front of their fans, receiving a standing ovation.

The Marlins had just fallen to Novi High in three games Nov. 12 in a Class A regional final.

“Our girls did everything we wanted — no regrets,” Farmington Hills Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said of the match.

Novi, which lost in the state final last season and is 51-2 overall, dominated the first two games thanks to a strong showing at the net and with the serve.

Wildcats coach Jennifer Cotrill felt experience also played a factor.

“(Mercy) has a pretty young team. I thought we started game 1 serving well, and that got them out of their system,” she said.

In game 3, the Marlins took an early 6-1 advantage. Novi battled back to take its first lead at 13-12, which it didn’t relinquish.

“They overpowered us, tonight they did. We did everything we could. They served really strong, and we couldn’t stay with them in serve-receive,” Vogel said. “It just had too much of an impact to change. In the third game we were closer with them, but you just need to stay with them all the time. We had difficulty with that.”

Sophomore Lauren Hunter and freshman Jaeda Porter led the Marlins with 10 kills each. Porter also chipped in six blocks, as did junior Jordyn Kreucher.

The Marlins finished the year 56-14-1 and said goodbye to seniors Carmen Compton, Haley Schultz, Colleen Hadley and Sloan Horejsi.

“Our seniors,” Vogel said, “Mercy and I are just fortunate (to have them).”

Schultz said it was the team’s heart that stood out to her.

“Everyone cared this season and made improvements,” she said. “There were girls new to varsity, and I think they’re going to have a good future ahead of them.”

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