Mercy reclaims Catholic League volleyball crown

Farmington Hills Mercy's volleyball team again reigns supreme in the Catholic League.

The Marlins defeated arch rival Bloomfield Hills Marian to capture their first Catholic League tournament title in six years Monday night at Madonna University. Mercy needed four games -- two of which went overtime -- to get past the Mustangs, 25-19, 27-25, 29-31, 25-13.

Mercy's last two Catholic League titles -- in 2011 and 2010 -- were also against Marian. The Marlins now own eight tournament crowns in program history.

Veteran head coach Loretta Vogel said it is a very satisfying feeling to have regained the Catholic League title.

Mercy Named Apple Distinguished School

Mercy High School named Apple Distinguished School

Farmington Hills, MI October 17, 2017 - Mercy High School is pleased ​to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017 - 2019 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.

Farmington Hills Mercy edges Birmingham Marian in five sets

It took five hard fought sets Wednesday night to determine who would be sitting atop of the CHSL Central Division but in the end, Farmington Hills Mercy was able to squeak by Marian 25-20, 20-25, 17-25, 27-25 and 15-7 to take the 3-2 victory and move to 4-0 in the league.

In the first set, Mercy opened up a 21-14 lead but Marian slowly began to chip away at the lead closing the gap to 24-20 before eventually falling 25-20 to the Marlins.

Related: Photo gallery from Mercy vs. Marian

Mercy head coach Loretta Vogel wasn’t happy with her team’s performance even after the first set victory.

Go Blue! Katie Minnich takes pool prowess to University of Michigan

Katie Minnich recently took a trip to the University of Michigan to check out the school and its swim program.

Farmington Hills Mercy's all-state swimmer was impressed enough that she decided Ann Arbor is where she wants to continue her education while developing her swim talents.

Minnich made a verbal commitment to attend Michigan last week and couldn't be happier with her decision. She has also took official visits to the University of Virginia and University of Florida.

Marlins the team to beat at annual Oakland County meet

"The mindset for us is going in and swimming the way we are capable of swimming," second-year Mercy head coach Mike Venos said. "We want to treat it as if it were the state meet. It's as much a mindset as it is anything else.

"Our girls have to race in a championship setting against, let's face it, some of the best swimmers in the Midwest, if not the nation," he added. "This meet has always been, for the 20-some years I've been at Oakland County, a great gauge for how we're going to do at states."

A fast meet expected

Seaholm head coach Karl Hodgson agrees that the meet is one of the fastest outside of the state championship meet.

"We live in a fast county and I expect this meet to reflect that," Hodgson said. "Mercy should be the favorite this year.

Michigan Secures Verbal Commitment from In-state Backstroker Katie Minnich

Katie Minnich, a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from Royal Oak, Michigan, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan. She will join Alexis Wenger in the class of 2022.

“Beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Michigan!! I want to thank my family, coaches, and teammates whose support has helped me get to where I am today! Go Blue!!

Road to state volleyball finals goes through No. 2 ranked Mercy

Farmington Hills Mercy's volleyball program has been nothing short of sensational this millennium.

Watch some practice coverage here.

Since 2000, the Marlins have captured 16 district championships – 14 straight since 2004 — four regional championships and they have played in two final fours. In 2010, Mercy lost the state championship game to Catholic League rival Bloomfield Hills Marian.

Veteran head coach Loretta Vogel, in her ninth season after taking over for Ed Moeller in 2007, believes continuity has keyed the program's success.

Mercy volleyball off to a flying start to season

FARMINGTON HILLS — There was an understanding that this team had potential when the season officially launched.

That potential has given way to a proven winner. So far, anyway.

The Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team reached the Class A regional finals a year ago before falling to eventual state champ Novi High.

When this season began, eight varsity veterans were back in the mix. When this season began, the Marlins hit the ground running.

“Coming off the year we had and having the girls back that we do is very helpful,” coach Loretta Vogel said. “It’s been a good start for us, and a lot of it has to do with the type of team we have. They are a great fit. They are very close, and you can tell by the way they play.”

Accent on Mercy Alumnae Podcasts

We are proud to announce the launch of "Accent on Mercy Alumnae," a podcast series proudly bringing you voices of Mercy graduates.

In each broadcast, host Larry Baker, Apple Distinguished Educator and Associate Principal of Mercy, interviews an alumna who is making a difference in her walk of life. Popular topics include career paths, volunteerism, leadership, and the Mercy High School Difference.

Subscribe to "Accent on Mercy Alumnae" on Apple Podcasts so that you don't miss upcoming interviews with Jennifer Paxton '08, Julia Siciliano Trevino '01, Bridget O'Donnell '05, Cari Curtiss Marino '95 and many more! First uploaded interview, the lovely and talented Gabriela Santiago-Romero '10.