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Volleyball: Tigers go 1-3 at Burnsville tourney

A 1-3 showing at the competitive Burnsville Tournament has the Farmington volleyball team sitting at 8-16 heading into the final week of the regular season.

But the Tigers still have something to play for. A sweep of Chaska and New Prague this week could vault them to third in the Missota Conference and earn them a home game in the opening round of the upcoming Section 1AAA Tournament.

"We hope to continue the track we've been on, but rather than breaking through in one game, we'd like to break through in two or three games," head coach Mike Woody said. "We feel we match up well against both Chaska and New Prague and the girls are working hard to peak at the end of the season. The girls have a positive attitude and they're continuing to work hard."

The hard work paid off in the opening round Friday at Burnsville when the Tigers overcame a 20-25 Game 1 loss to win 25-15 and 15-10 against Chisago Lakes.

Senior Katie Habeck supplied 17 of her tournament-high 53 kills in the contest and joins former teammate Danielle Dombeck as the only Farmington players to reach 1,000 career kills.

The Tigers squared off against host Burnsville in the second round, and the Blaze held on for a 25-23, 25-22 victory in a rematch of last year's first-round state tournament pairing.

Farmington opened play Saturday morning with a 25-18 win over Chanhassen, but the Storm rallied for a 25-15, 15-13 win. Woody's team closed out the tournament with a 25-16, 25-22 loss to Totino-Grace.