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Volleyball: Woody: 'We made strides'

A 1-3 record at Saturday's Farmington Tournament was far from disappointing for coach Mike Woody.

After all, two of his team's losses came at the hands of fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Jordan and eighth-ranked (Class 2A) Delano and a third loss to Osseo came with all-state hitter Katie Habeck sidelined with a back injury. The Tigers, after opening with a three-game win over White Bear Lake, were competitive in a two-game loss to Jordan and played three close games in the loss to Delano.

"We had the same record as we did at last year's tournament, but we feel much better about the results this year," Woody said. "We made strides by playing against good quality competition. We're learning how to stay in games and compete, now we just have to learn how to win."

While the Tigers' first-year varsity players are improving, much of their hopes for future victories hinge on the status of Habeck's back. The 6-foot-2 senior went in for an MRI after experiencing some back pain over the weekend and Woody hopes the results will bring good news.

"She has had some issues in the past," Woody said. "Hopefully she's okay and some rest will have her ready to go."

Habeck had 38 kills and 17 digs in three tournament games, and along with teammate Jordan Bridges was named to the all-tournament team. Bridges finished with 14 kills and eight blocks.

The Tigers came out strong in last Tuesday's Missota Conference match at Chanhassen, but a 25-23 loss in Game 1 quickly turned into a 3-0 sweep for the Storm.

"We had two serve errors and a mental mistake in the final four points and we didn't recover after that," Woody said. "Everything just went downhill. That was the setback that led us to work on things and make some progress on Saturday."