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Volleyball: Ups and downs continue

The results were mixed for the Farmington volleyball team during a recent stretch of three home games in six days.

The Tigers played point-for-point with an undefeated Rosemount team during a 3-0 loss last Tuesday at Tiger Gym, then came out sharp before losing some focus and playing sloppy in stretches during back-to-back victories over Red Wing and Albert Lea.

Still, another 2-1 stretch has the Tigers sitting at 4-2 despite a roster that features just two regulars back from last year's team. Predictably, the inexperience has led to some mistakes, but head coach Mike Woody said things are still going in a positive direction.

"I would say there have been a lot of ups and downs, but in the end that's still progress because we're learning that we're going to have to work for progress," Woody said.

Senior Katie Habeck was once again a stabilizing force for the Tigers last week. She continued to put up big numbers as she played all the way around the rotation for the first time in her career. Habeck put up 22 kills and 22 digs against Rosemount, 28 kills and 26 digs against Red Wing and 18 kills and 15 digs Monday night during a quick 25-22, 25-17, 25-21 sweep of Albert Lea.

"She doesn't have a choice. We need her to step in and do all these things she's never been asked to do before and she's doing them well," Woody said. "She's taking on a new challenge and new role on the team and the girls know that and appreciate that."

The Tigers compete again tonight at 7 p.m. in a Missota Conference match at Chanhassen before returning home for Saturday's Farmington Tournament.

Farmington 3,

Red Wing 2

The Tigers jumped in front with a 25-21 win in Game 1 Thursday night, but struggled in the next two games as they fell behind, 2-1. The team faced a seven-point deficit midway through Game 4 before rallying for a 25-20 decision that evened the match at two sets apiece.

Farmington finally put away Red Wing with a 15-9 victory in Game 5.

"The girls got a little complacent after handling Game 1 with ease," Woody said. "We didn't get into a good rhythm again until Game 4. They're learning that they have to compete for every point. When you take things for granted, things go the wrong way in a hurry."

Along with Habeck, three other Tigers reached double figures in digs in the marathon match. Renee MacLean had 14 digs, Laura Steege added 12 and Brook King tacked on 10.

Jordan Bridges added seven kills and six blocks and Haley Lundquist floated up 16 set assists.

Farmington 3,

Albert Lea 0

Bridges put up some more solid numbers Monday night, contributing five kills, five blocks and three ace serves.

King added 11 digs as the Tigers won their second in a row.