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Farmington senior Bekah Lippert (7) and junior Emily Nelson (4) go up for a block during last week's loss to New Prague at Tiger Gym. The Tigers faced Red Wing in the opening round of the Section 1AAA tournament Wednesday night.

Volleyball: Finale goes to Trojans

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Volleyball: Finale goes to Trojans
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Slow starts in all three games left Farmington on the short end of its regular season finale against New Prague last Tuesday at Tiger Gym.


The Trojans took advantage of their early leads and scored a 25-19, 25-19, 28-18 sweep to secure their 10th win of the season. The Tigers, meanwhile, fell to 7-19 overall and 1-6 in the Missota Conference, earning them the No. 10 seed in the Section 1AAA tournament and a first-round road trip to No. 7 Red Wing Wednesday night. Results can be found online at

Seventh-grader Emma Fahning continued to emerge as a solid contributor for the Tigers, leading the team with seven kills and 20 digs. Senior teammate Bekah Lippert added five kills and a team-high four blocks.

In the back row, Rachel Eckert and Emily Nelson each contributed 10 digs. RuthAnne Schmitt added seven assists and three ace serves. Mia Johnston led the team with 11 assists.

Missota Conference

Chanhassen won the Missota Conference for the first time with a perfect 7-0 mark. Fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Shakopee finished second at 6-1, one game ahead of third-place Chaska. Red Wing and New Prague finished in the middle of the pack with matching records of 3-4, followed by Northfield (2-5), Holy Angels (1-6) and Farmington (1-6).

Section 1AAA

Big Nine Conference champion Owatonna earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye after finishing the regular season with a 9-0 league mark and an overall record of 19-8. The second, third and fourth seeds also went to Big Nine schools Faribault, Rochester Century and Rochester John Marshall, respectively.

The winner of Wednesday's game between Red Wing (11-14) and Farmington will travel to Faribault for a quarterfinal match Friday night.

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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