Volleyball: Effort there in 3-0 setback toFarmington improved in the match, but lost its ninth straight
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
The results weren’t pretty, but Farmington volleyball coach Mike Woody liked the effort he saw from his team against No. 3-ranked Shakopee Thursday night at Tiger Gym.
The Sabers were dominant early, winning the first two games 25-10 and 25-6, before needing a late 7-1 run to pull away 25-16 in Game 3 of a Missota Conference sweet. The victory improved the Sabers to 14-2 on the season.
“The No. 3 team in the state came to town and proved they deserved to be No. 3,” said Woody, whose team has lost nine in a row since the Coon Rapids tournament 2 ½ weeks ago. “What I am proud of was the fight we showed in Game 3. We figured out some things they were trying to do and slowed them down and started to run some offense of our own.”
Bekah Lippert led the Tigers with two blocks, two ace serves and five of the team’s 18 kills. Allie Pierskalla added four kills and Mia Johnston put up 10 assists.
Rachel Eckert headed up the team’s defensive effort against a strong Shakopee attack, turning in 12 digs. Emma Fahning added eight and Emily Nelson had five. Eckert and Fahning also led the team in serve receptions with 19 and 18, respectively.
The Tigers were also swept last Tuesday 25-14, 25-11, and 25-16 in a non-conference match at Rochester Century.
Woody said his team struggled dealing with adversity throughout the three-setter, which kept it from mounting rallies after slow starts in Games 1 and 2.
“We have the potential to be a competitive team, but we tend to crumble at the first sign of adversity on the court,” he said. “It is simply a matter of believing in ourselves, accepting that we will make errors on the court from time to time and when we do, we can still make the play of our lives on the next point.”
Pierskalla led the Tigers at the net with five kills. Johnston had seven assists and Fahning provided 10 digs.
The Tigers (4-12) are back in action tonight when they travel to Richfield to take on Academy of Holy Angels.