Mercy volleyball takes district crown

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published November 10, 2015


WEST BLOOMFIELD — It was another volleyball district final and another Farmington Hills Mercy championship.

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

It marked the 16th straight district championship for the program.

Coach Loretta Vogel credited the players’ ability over the years to not get too high or low and adjust to the flow of the match.

“It’s three out of five; that wears (you) down. So we really practice being right here (consistent), and that pays off,” she said following the win. “Then we’ll constantly make adjustments. We always have a ‘Plan A,’ a ‘Plan B.’”

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

Vogel then went to the backup plan to try and nullify Harrison’s big hitters.

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

Mercy controlled the game, only trailing after the first point.

The Marlins again set the pace in the third, taking a 3-2 lead, and never looked back.

In the deciding game, the Marlins led 16-10 before the Hawks started their rally to close the gap to 17-16, forcing 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 close the match.

Harrison coach Michael Love said he was proud of his team’s effort, but that unforced errors were its undoing.

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

The Hawks finished at 39-13-2.

“They definitely rallied around as a team. I’m real proud of all my girls,” Love said.

The Marlins (55-13-1) went on to play in a regional semifinal after press time. The regional final is 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Novi High.

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