Farmington Hills Mercy junior Jess Mruzik goes for a kill in a Nov. 13 Division 1 state quarterfinal win over Sterling Heights Stevenson.

Farmington Hills Mercy junior Jess Mruzik goes for a kill in a Nov. 13 Division 1 state quarterfinal win over Sterling Heights Stevenson.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Mercy volleyball sweeps Stevenson, moves on to state semifinals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published November 13, 2018

 Sterling Heights Stevenson senior Alexis Kopicki readies to serve in a Nov. 13 state quarterfinal match against Farmington Hills Mercy.

Sterling Heights Stevenson senior Alexis Kopicki readies to serve in a Nov. 13 state quarterfinal match against Farmington Hills Mercy.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball coach Loretta Vogel said her team is on a mission to win the program's first state title and that showed in the Marlins' 3-0 Nov. 13 win over Sterling Heights Stevenson in the Division 1 state quarterfinals.

Mercy (39-2) never trailed in the match. The Marlins won 25-8, 25-17 and 25-14.

Mercy, whose lone state title match appearance came in 2010, will face Lake Orion High in a state semifinal set for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in Battle Creek.

"We played against (Stevenson) twice this season, so we had an idea of what they like to do," Vogel said after the match. "We knew what they were capable of. Our team did a fine job of playing a complete game tonight."

Stevenson (44-10) reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 1990. The Titans were seeking their first state semifinal appearance since 1988.

"A lot of the things we usually do really well, we didn't do them well tonight," Stevenson coach Eric Wachterhauser said. "We made a lot of small errors we don't normally make. Our defense had been one of our strongpoints all season, and it wasn't tonight. We just made a lot of unforced errors. Credit to Mercy, they played a great game."

Vogel said sophomore setter Julia Bishop set the tone for the Marlins. Bishop, Vogel said, does a great job of setting up her teammates.

"And we have some girls who can go up and get the ball," said Vogel, whose team split two meetings with Lake Orion early this season. The Marlins haven't dropped a game since Sept. 29 and haven't lost a match since Sept. 15. "We'll be ready this weekend."

Junior outside hitter Jess Mruzik led Mercy with 16 kills. Junior libero Kayla Shields had 14 digs for the Marlins. 

Senior outside hitter Alexis Kopicki led the Titans with eight kills.