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Farmington High volleyball wins city title, looking for more

October 2, 2013

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Farmington High Michelle Begovic sends a shot past a Farmington Hills Harrison defender Sept. 19 in the city championship. The Falcons won their fourth straight title, beating Harrison and North Farmington.

FARMINGTON — In his second year as head volleyball coach at Farmington High, Michael Scott likes what he’s seeing.

“They’re learning to win. We’ve done some nice things, but we have a ways to go,” he said. “The talent on the team, as a staff, we think it’s pretty good.”

At press time, the Falcons were 9-4-3 overall and hadn’t played a match in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Last season, Farmington won 14 total matches — a number Scott expects to surpass this time around, now that the team has been in his system for an additional season.

“The second year is always easier than the first year,” he said.

Senior captains Becca O’Connor, Michelle Begovic and Liz Nahat agreed.

“We’re more of a team this year. We work together and trust each other,” O’Connor said.

Along with the winning record, Scott has seen the elevated game in tournaments. Last season, the Falcons were in eight tournaments and only qualified for the gold bracket out of pool play twice. In three tries this season, Farmington has played in the gold each time.

“They’re trying to figure out how they’re going to win this year. It’s a process, but they’re doing a nice job,” Scott said. “I tell them, ‘We’re one of the better teams; let’s go prove it.’ Each tournament, they’ve gone a little deeper and have gotten a little better.”

In the city championship Sept. 19, the Falcons proved to be the best, winning their fourth straight title by defeating North Farmington and Farmington Hills Harrison.

“We worked hard all season for it. It was a goal since the beginning,” Nahat said.

Up next on the list of goals is competing for the White title. Scott said the team has it in them, but it needs to improve on defense and serve receive.

“It’s kind of the broken plays that we’re figuring out, and what to do in that situation,” he said.

The Falcons returned the vast majority of the team from last year, making experience one of their strong suits. He also has liked the squad’s serving abilities and the toughness shown at the net.

“It’s just a matter of them putting it all together and believing in themselves,” he said. “They’re raising their expectations. They’re doing a nice job, but we’re pushing them for more.”

Catch the Falcons take on Rochester High at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at home.

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