Mercy volleyball kept program roaring in strong 2016 season

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published November 14, 2016

 Farmington Hills Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said she was “ecstatic” about the season her team put together this fall.

Farmington Hills Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said she was “ecstatic” about the season her team put together this fall.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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METRO DETROIT — In the end, everything the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team threw at Novi High was answered, and answered in resounding fashion.

That’s how things went for the Marlins in their Nov. 10 Class A regional final against the top-ranked team in the state.

“Everything we tried, they were a little stronger,” coach Loretta Vogel said with a quick laugh. “No matter what we attempted, they were a little stronger.”

Novi, the defending champs in Class A, improved to 51-1 with the victory.

The Wildcats took the match in straight sets: 25-12, 25-15 and 25-14.

“They had some strong servers, some very impressive servers that really helped,” Vogel added. “It was tough to lose, but it was a good match. Novi is just that good.”

Vogel felt that she had a pretty good team herself, and that the Marlins certainly had a pretty good year.

“Ecstatic is the word that I’d use,” the Mercy coach said. “This was a wonderful group of seniors. The whole team was so highly motivated. We had freshmen and young kids playing a lot, and it was especially our seniors who led the way all year.”

The Marlins closed the fall with a 41-9-0 record.

“Every week we challenged ourselves, and every week these girls stepped up and were willing to learn,” Vogel said.

The trip to the regional round was the eighth in a row since Vogel took over eight years ago.

She said it was the 17th year in a row that Mercy was playing beyond the districts.

Now the focus is on maintaining that moving forward.

The Marlins are set to graduate six seniors, but could bring back as many as seven girls, a lot of whom saw considerable playing time.

“We started three freshmen at times. We had three sophomores getting reps,” Vogel said. “It’s a good mix to have back. We have some big expectations. We’re already planning for next year and what we want to accomplish.”

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