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Birmingham Marian knocks off top-ranked rival Mercy WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Volleyball - 9/30/2014 

Birmingham Marian 3
Farmington Hills Mercy 1
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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — What happens when you put two of the top-10 volleyball teams in the state that happen to be bitter rivals in the same gym for a league match?

On Tuesday, the result was an electric atmosphere as Birmingham Marian (27-7-1) defeated top-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy (34-2-1) in four exciting Catholic High School League games 20-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-18 in front of boisterous student sections supporting and chanting for both teams.

“I love playing in a gym like this,” Marian senior setter Meghan Cotant said. “These are the games we play for. You don’t play to play the low teams where we’re going to win 25-10. You play for the games that are 27-25. We really appreciate our school coming out, and Mercy came out too. It was a fun night.”

As is often the case when two good teams face each other, there was excellent defense played on both sides of the net, and Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said Marian’s defense was ultimately the difference in the game as the Mustangs were able to get a piece of most of the Marlins attacks, making them easier to dig.

Marian junior libero Delaney Backonen finished with 33 digs. Cotant had 48 assists to go with five kills and freshman 6-foot-3 middle hitter Lauren Enzel had 13 kills.

“It’s a huge rivalry for us because in the Catholic League they’re one of the best, and they’re ranked one of the top teams in the state," Cotant said. "No credit taken from them because they played hard, and they played great. Winning this game is a big deal. They’re a great team, and they play amazing defense. It really shows how far we’ve come since the beginning of the year.”

Last Updated: 9/30/2014 11:44:56 PM EST

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