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Volleyball: Tigers fifth at Century

The Farmington volleyball team finished fifth at the Rochester Century Invitational.

Farmington's volleyball team wasn't fazed by a 2-0 sweep at the hands of second-ranked Jackson County Central in the opening round of the Rochester Century Invitational Saturday.

The Tigers, after seeing their losing streak stretch to 12 games with a 25-7, 25-16 loss to the eventual tournament champions, won two of their next three matches to finish fifth in the 16-team competition.

Farmington responded with a 25-17, 25-21 victory over a White Bear Lake team it lost to in three games in the final round of the Farmington Invitational three weeks ago. The team then lost a pair of two-point games to Austin - 25-23 and 26-24 - before hanging on for a 25-17, 27-29, 15-11 decision over Rochester Lourdes in the fifth-place game.

"We played our best volleyball in a long time against White Bear," said Farmington coach Mike Woody, whose team improved to 6-16. "We again played very solid in our win against Lourdes and feel like we can build on the changes we have made."

Two days before heading to the Century Invitational, the Tigers extended their losing skid with a five-set loss to Holy Angels in Richfield.

The Tigers won Game 1 29-27, then dropped the next two 25-11 and 25-19 before rallying to force a Game 5 with a 25-22 win in Game 4. The Stars responded with a 15-10 decision in the deciding game as they improved to 7-8.

Bekah Lippert led the Tigers with 13 kills. Emily Nelson also reached double figures with 11 and Laura Steege added nine.

Mia Johnston and Ruthanne Schmitt split the setting duties, with Johnston tallying 15 assists and Schmitt 12.

Rachel Eckert supplied a team-high 20 digs, Emma Fahning chipped in 16 and Adrienne Jolicoeur added 12.