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Volleyball: Tigers split for sixth

Farmington's Kaylene Seurer (14) and Emma Fahning (9) go up for a block during Saturday's tournament opener against St. Charles. The Tigers finished sixth in the tournament.

The Farmington volleyball team has gotten back on track since losing five straight matches earlier this month.

The Tigers picked up back-to-back 3-0 sweeps of Hastings and Red Wing last week, and then split four matches to place sixth out of 16 teams Saturday at the Farmington Invite. At 8-7, the team has already surpassed last season's total of seven victories.

"We had a very good tournament," Farmington coach Mike Woody said. "Watching the girls turn around our 2-5 start and finish Saturday at 8-7 on the season made me very proud."

The Tigers opened the tournament with a 25-18, 25-23 win over St. Charles before being knocked to the consolation bracket 19-25, 15-25 by eventual tournament champion Owatonna.

The host team came back to defeat Bloomington Kennedy 25-21, 25-22 before falling to Delano 19-25, 10-25 in the fifth-place match.

Emma Fahning led the Tigers with nine kills and 11 digs in the opener against St. Charles. Rachel Eckert had 19 serve receptions, Mia Johnston provided 11 set assists and Kaylene Seurer had four blocks.

Schmitt slammed 10 kills to lead the charge against Owatonna. Eckert had 19 serve receptions and six digs and Johnston and Schmitt each had seven assists.

Fahning came back to record 11 kills and 10 digs in the victory over Kennedy. Johnston hoisted up 11 assists and Summer Skokan had 13 serve receptions and 10 digs.

Schmitt and Makenzie Hesse each turned in six kills in the tournament final against Delano. Fahning had 19 serve receptions and Schmitt led the way with eight assists.

The Tigers hosted Rochester Century Tuesday before resuming their Missota Conference slate tonight at New Prague.