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Volleyball: Passing struggles at South

The Tiger volleyball team fell to Lakeville last week.

There's nothing like a quality opponent to help a coach evaluate his own team's weaknesses.

Eighth-ranked (Class 3A) Lakeville South did just that for Farmington head coach Mike Woody Thursday night. Woody's group of largely inexperienced passers struggled and that led the Tiger offense to shut down during periods of their 25-19, 25-13, 25-11 road loss.

"(The match) told our story. When we passed well, we played competitive volleyball. Then, for seven or eight points at a time, we couldn't pass and they crushed us," Woody said. "It showed us what we need to work on to be successful."

The Tigers managed just 18 kills, with eight going to senior standout Katie Habeck. Habeck also led the team with 15 digs and two blocks.

Haylee Lundquist hoisted up five assists and Mia Johnston added three.

The Tigers had a better time of it Tuesday when they overcame a long bus trip to down Austin to win in four games, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19, 25-18.

Austin led 12-10 in a pivotal Game 3 before Farmington responded with a big run to take control.

"It was a wake-up call. Austin played well and didn't give away points," Woody said. "After (Game 2) we zoned in and played quite well and got the job done."

Habeck led the Tiger offense with 13 kills and contributed four blocks and 16 digs.

Fellow senior Jordan Bridges added six blocks and six kills. Lundquist had 12 set assists and Johnston put up eight.

The Tigers, now 2-1, return to Tiger Gym for the first time this season for games against Rosemount, Red Wing (tonight, 7 p.m.) and Albert Lea before making their first-ever trip to Chanhassen for a Missota Conference game next Thursday.