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Volleyball: Everybody plays in Farmington's 3-0 sweep

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Volleyball: Everybody plays in Farmington's 3-0 sweep
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Everybody got involved in the Farmington volleyball team’s three-game sweep of Irondale Monday night.

All 15 players on the varsity roster saw court time and helped the Tigers pull away in a 25-10, 25-11, 25-9 final at Tiger Gym.


“It was nice to get everybody in. Irondale is down anyway and they had three or four players out with injuries, but sometimes we can play down and get sloppy against teams we should beat and we didn’t do that,” Farmington coach Mike Woody said. “We didn’t let anything hit the floor, our offense played well and when we got comfortable leads our girls stepped in off the bench and got some good varsity experience.”

Kenzie Hesse slammed nine kills to lead Farmington and fellow freshman Emma Fahning was right behind with eight. Setter Ruthie Schmitt floated up 20 set assists.

The Tigers scored 20 of their 75 points without running any offense as they piled up 20 ace serves. Amber Ripley led the way with four and Fahning, Diana Comes and Morgan Cecchettini supplied three apiece.

Fahning also chipped in in the back row with a team-high 13 digs. Comes had 11 serve receptions.

It was the fourth straight win over a span of three days for the Tigers, who closed out the Keller Classic in Coon Rapids with three straight wins. After a close 2-1 loss to Tartan early Saturday morning and a closely-contested 2-0 setback against eventual tournament champion Grand Rapids, the team fought back to earn 2-0 sweeps over DeLaSalle, Mahtomedi and Deer River to earn ninth place out of 16 teams.

Hesse led the Tigers with 46 kills during the tournament. Fahning finished with 30 kills and a team-high 43 digs.

Hannah Baer added 35 digs, Comes had 28 and Hesse 25. Hesse led the team with 43 serve receptions and Fahning added 33.

The busy Tigers (6-3) were back home Tuesday night against Hastings. They resume their Missota Conference schedule tonight at Red Wing.

Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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