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Novi captures third consecutive regional title, downs Mercy in a sweep WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi defeated Farmington Hills Mercy in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class A regional final at Howell High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

HOWELL — The defending state champion of Class A looked every bit the part once again Thursday, as Novi operated at peak efficiency and performance to record a swift sweep of Farmington Hills Mercy in the regional finals.

The Wildcats picked up 25-12, 25-15, 25-14 set victories, never trailing by more than one point all night and keeping their sights set on the finish line to prevent even the hint of a Marlins comeback.

“They were really focused and fired up to play this match,” Novi coach Jennifer Cottrill said of her players. “They, honestly, all played their best tonight. That has little to do with me and a lot to do with them. They’re just focused and they know what it takes to win … We had a gameplan and they executed it.”

Novi burst out to a 7-1 lead in the first game and doubled up Mercy quickly in the second game, twice establishing insurmountable leads early on.

In the third game, the Wildcats briefly trailed, only to rip off six-straight points to seize control en route to the sweep.

The win gave Novi (51-1) its third consecutive regional title. The Wildcats advance to the quarterfinals next week against Birmingham Marian, a team they have not faced this season.

“As you proceed in the state tournament, it’s easy to get wrapped up in winning and the score,” Cottrill said. “In the past, we’ve had success just focusing on what we need to do to win and going through the process. It really has paid off because it takes the pressure off so we can focus on just playing volleyball.”

Novi received contributions from its lineup across the board, led by junior Abryanna Cannon’s game-high 19 kills. Senior Ally Cummings contributed 10 kills and nine digs, while junior Claire Pinkerton added 14 digs from her libero position.

Junior setter Erin O’Leary was at the center of the Wildcats’ success, as usual, Thursday, distributing an array of sets that kept the kills coming.

“Our setter, Erin, is very consistent, but I thought she played so well tonight,” Cottrill said. “(Cannon) was unstoppable and I thought our libero (Pinkerton) played really well. Mercy is a really strong serving team. We knew that coming in and I thought she passed awesome tonight.”

Marlins coach Loretta Vogel had only praise for Novi’s dominance and said whatever plans her team had for success coming in were thwarted.

“We couldn’t stop them,” Vogel said. “Everything we threw at them, they dug up. Very few errors. They just were able to put the ball in play.”

Just as it did last season in the regional final, the Marlins’ season ended in a loss to Novi. Vogel said the season was ultimately a successful one, particularly when considering the adversity it faced to begin the year.

“Early on, we lost our setter and Kennedy Kuffner came in, she’s never been a setter in our program. She’s a senior and she carried us to here. I can’t tell you how much respect I have for her. Everyone else stepped in and played well. We had a very successful season, but I’d say Kennedy was such a big part of it.”

Last Updated: 11/10/2016 9:24:44 PM EST


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