Author: Mike Moore
FARMINGTON — She called them a very good team, a “great team,” to be exact.
Dana Gray’s assessment of the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball squad proved to be pretty accurate Wednesday night as the Marlins ousted her West Bloomfield High group in straight sets from a Class A district semifinal at Farmington High.
“We were excited to get into districts and get a fresh start,” Gray said. Her squad beat North Farmington Monday in an opener. “We played well the other night, but knew we’d have our hands full tonight. This was a ranked team that was very good. But our girls were confident, and we got better as the match went on.”
“I thought, for us tonight, serving and passing was real big,” Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said. “We were successful where we needed to.”
Mercy took the match by scores of 25-9, 25-15 and 25-20.
“Kennedy Kuffner had such a strong night,” Vogel said. “She really stepped up. She led the troops.”
Mercy now moves on to Friday’s 6 p.m. district final against Farmington Hills Harrison.
“We have to do more of the same,” Vogell said. “I think everyone knows what they can do We have to find a way to win as a team.”
Harrison defeated Farmington in straight sets in the other semifinal.
The teams have not faced one another this season.
“West Bloomfield ends its season 16-20-4.
“It’s always disappointing to end,” Gray said. “But, overall, we felt like we got better as the match went on.”