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Volleyball: Back on track

Apparently, a couple of hard-fought losses weren't enough to derail the Farmington volleyball team.

Since suffering a five-set loss to rival Hutchinson and a three-set tournament loss to LeSueur-Henderson in a three-day span two weeks ago, the Tigers have reeled off four straight victories. The last two came via sweep in contests against Rochester Century and Northfield last week.

Coach Mike Woody's squad came away from Tuesday's home game against Century with a 25-14, 25-19, 15-14 decision, then came back to score a 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 victory over the Raiders in front of a large homecoming crowd in Northfield Thursday night. The Tiger bench saw plenty of court time in the first and third games of each match.

"I think Northfield played a better game against us than Century did. They had a big home crowd with their homecoming week and there was a lot going on," Woody said. "At the same time, we were still able to maintain control of the match and put them away at the end of each game no matter what personnel we had on the floor."

Maintaining focus could be a challenge for the Tigers this week as they hosted New Prague for Senior Night Tuesday night and they host Prior Lake on Jam the Gym night as part of the homecoming week festivities tonight at 7 p.m. Members of the volleyball team will take in Friday night's homecoming football game against Prior Lake knowing they have to be on the road by 6 a.m. Saturday en route to their 8 a.m. opener against section rival Faribault in the Rochester Century Tournament.

"It will be an interesting week next week with all the things on the schedule," said Woody, who also noted that five of the seven seniors on his team are on the homecoming court. "We'll see how we can endure."

Farmington 3, Northfield 0

Breanna Guzek's 38 set assists were a good indication of how efficiently the Tigers ran their offense in Thursday's 3-0 Missota Conference sweep.

The Tigers led throughout Games 1 and 2, then jumped out to a commanding 19-8 advantage in Game 3 before making several substitutions.

"The subs did some good things," Woody said. "It took a while for them to get into a rhythm after sitting for two games, but they were able to put away some points at the end and finish them off."

Junior Danielle Dombeck once again set the pace with 15 kills, while Katie Habeck swatted down 12 and Lauren McHenry added eight.

Dombeck also did her share in helping set up the offense with a team-high 21 digs. Kirstee Rotty added 18 and Alexia Rains turned in 10.

"A lot of girls played good defense," Woody said. "When we play good defense we get a lot more points from our offense and we run things more efficiently."

Farmington 3, Century 0

Landing the ball on the Farmington side of the court proved a tough task for Rochester Century in Tuesday's non-conference match at Tiger Gym.

Rotty turned in 19 digs, Dombeck had 10, Rains added nine and the Tigers, as a team, committed no serve receive errors in the sweep.

"There was a lot of defensive balance. We were really well-rounded. We frustrated them on Tuesday night," Woody said. "Things they had been doing well weren't working. They were having to paint the lines on the corners to get the balls down and that can be very frustrating."

Offensively, the Tigers were once again led by a 15-kill showing by Dombeck. Habeck added 12 kills and Guzek ran the offense effectively with 30 set assists.