Birmingham Seaholm had just scored back-to-back points to take a 23-22 lead in the fourth game Thursday when Farmington Hills Mercy coach Loretta Vogel quickly called a timeout.
"Coach said, 'This is why we play volleyball,'" Mercy senior Jenna Lerg said. '"This is what we play for; this is why we play club. We've been looking forward to this the whole season,' and that was the only thing going through our heads. This is why we want to win, why we play for each other."
That little pep talk inspired the Marlins and helped the team rally for a 28-26 victory and a regional championship in the Class A final at Marian High School, 3-1.