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Volleyball: No. 2 Chaska hands Tigers 3-0 setback

It’s tough to end a losing streak when you’re about to face two opponents with a combined record of 30-3.

That’s the challenge the Farmington volleyball team faced last week. Coming off back-to-back losses, the Tigers were handed a 3-1 setback by a 14-2 Rochester Mayo team last Tuesday at Tiger Gym. The team then made the long road trip to Chaska for its final Missota Conference date with the Hawks and the state’s No. 2-rated team improved to 16-1 with a 3-0 sweep.

The Tigers had a few answers in Game 1 when they lost 25-16. Things got tougher in the final two games and they scored just nine and 10 points, respectively.

Morgan Cecchettini led the visitors with seven kills. Kenzie Hesse had five and Vanessa Garske supplied four.

Ruthie Schmitt had 17 assists.

Amber Ripley led the team with 29 serve receptions and four digs.

Both teams scored 85 points in last Tuesday’s match against Mayo. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they outscored the Spartans by 15 points (25-10) in Game 2, and the Spartans outscored them by a combined total of 15 (25-23, 25-20 and 25-17) in the other three games.

Hesse led the Tigers with a kill percentage of 52.4, slamming 22 in 42 tries. Fahning joined her in double figures with 12 kills.

Schmitt had just two errors while floating up 39 assists.

Fahning also helped out defensively with 17 digs. Hanna Baer chipped in 10 digs and a team-high three ace serves and Morgan Cecchettini had five blocks.

The Tigers (11-8) are back home tonight for a Missota Conference contest against Chanhassen.