Written Friday November 17th at 9:00 PM
Farmington Hills Mercy played one of their best performances of the season on Friday night which earned them a trip to the Division One State Finals.
The Marlins overwhelmed Clarkston 25-23, 25-13, and 25-20 on Friday night in the Division One State Semifinals at Battle Creek denying the Wolves their first ever State title in volleyball.
Farmington Hills Mercy will meet Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern who upset Northville on Saturday in the Division One State Finals.
Clarkston led 20-14 in the first set but Farmington Hills Mercy outscored them 11-3 stunning the Wolves and what was yet to come.
The Marlins controlled things in the second set in dominating fashion. The third set they dominated in the middle but the Wolves battled until the end. Farmington Hills Mercy is well coached under Coach Loretta Vogel and they have numerous talented players as well.
Clarkston had a ton of trouble with Marlins setter Campbell Flynn. Flynn kept Vogel’s team in system, and neutralized the Wolves attackers. She also set up Farmington Hills Mercy’s most dangerous outside hitters including Kate Kalczynski who had 14 kills and Maya Zarow had 10 kills. Flynn also added some kills on their own in the match.
This is the third time that Clarkston has fallen in the State Semifinals in program history. (2012-Lake Orion and 2020-Birmingham Marian.)
Wolves freshman standout Marlie Smith had nine kills while Kayla Cogan added seven kills and Emily Kuebler had 19 assists for Clarkston. The Wolves lose five seniors including Cogan and Kuebler next season.
The Wolves had a great season winning the Red and getting this deep into the postseason. They have a lot of proven experience coming back for Coach Alison Smith next season. Clarkston should be one of the favorites to get back to Battle Creek next season.