Top-ranked Mercy survives five-set scare against Marian in regional semifinal

FARMINGTON >> For the better part of the past decade, postseason success for the Farmington Hills Mercy and Birmingham Marian volleyball programs has tended to come at the other’s expense. One usually knocks the other out.

And though all five regular season meetings between the Marlins and Mustangs went decidedly in favor of No. 1-ranked Mercy this year, none of those matches resembled what took place Tuesday in a Division 1 regional semifinal.

Mercy volleyball sweeps Stevenson in first round of districts

Mercy senior Jess Mrusik lines up next to Genevieve Sale against Livonia Stevenson in the first round of the MHSAA volleyball playoffs. (Photo: Colin Gay |


The Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team stepped into the Farmington gym Monday night confident. 

The Marlins came into the playoffs having been beaten in the state semifinals in the past two seasons, warming up with a sense that they expected to get there and, eventually, get past that point in 2019. 

It did not take long for Mercy to get to the district semifinal, sweeping Livonia Stevenson in three sets (25-9, 25-18, 25-19). 

Mercy volleyball continues strong run with win over Marian in CHSL tourney final

Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball coach Loretta Vogel admits she doesn’t keep track of the championships her team wins.

Nevertheless, the Marlins added another Catholic High School League tournament title to their trophy case with a 3-0 win over Bloomfield Hills Marian Oct. 29 in the CHSL Bishop tournament final at Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

“We really do just take it one game at a time,” said Vogel, whose team moved to 50-1 on the season with the win. “It’s always nice for us to be here and to be in a position to win these matches and compete for championships, but our focus is always on just improving with each game.”

Mercy has now won three straight CHSL tournament titles and 10 since 1975. 

Mercy Named Apple Distinguished School

Farmington Hills, MI October 22, 2019 - Mercy High School is pleased ​to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019 - 2022 for our integration of technology across the curriculum and school life.​
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

Mercy volleyball taking things game by game

FARMINGTON HILLS — With the amount of talent the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team has, it can be easy to look ahead and focus on other things.

But that’s exactly what the Marlins are trying to avoid, as they’ve tried to stay focused on one game at a time. That philosophy had the Marlins sitting at 33-1 overall at press time, with their only loss coming back on Sept. 14 to Lowell High.

“We kind of have that business mentality of just taking it game by game,” senior Jess Mruzik said. “We don’t really know what the next game is going to hold or how the other team’s going to play or how we’re going to play, so we just have to take it point by point and focus on our side, and we’ll be fine.”

Mercy’s Diane Dietz inducted into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

FARMINGTON HILLS — When Diane Dietz got the call letting her know that she was being inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, she thought it could be a prank.

A former colleague of hers, Matt Friedman, who is now a director for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, was the one to give her the call, but he was not joking around.

The former Farmington Hills Mercy and University of Michigan basketball star was shocked, but excited to hear the news.

“I honestly remember everything stopping for a moment, because I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. It was crazy,” Dietz said.

It may be crazy to Dietz, but if you take a look at her numbers throughout her career, it should come as no surprise that she received the honor.

No. 1 Mercy gets Jess Mruzik back and clicking, sweeping previously unbeaten, No. 4 Marian

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, September 25, 2019, 11:52 am

BIRMINGHAM — That audible click you heard in the third set of Tuesday evening’s Catholic League volleyball match was something that probably sends shivers down the spines of opposing blockers and defenders.

It was a pair of longtime Farmington Hills Mercy teammates — senior outside hitter Jess Mruzik and junior setter Julia Bishop — locking in their synchronization on offense, finally beginning to click after the hitter’s recent absence from the team.