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Volleyball: Bad stretches cost Tigers

A few short stretches of poor play overshadowed otherwise well-played matches by the Farmington volleyball team last week.

The Tigers opened with a 25-21 win on the road at Rochester Century last Tuesday, and led 18-13 in Game 2 before Century rallied to take it, 27-25. The Panthers carried that momentum over into a 3-1 victory.

Last Thursday’s match played out in similar fashion for the Tigers. When they were clicking in Game 3, they had no trouble knocking off New Prague, 25-12. But spurts of poor play in the other three games allowed the Trojans to win 25-23, 25-21 and 25-20 and escape Tiger Gym with a 3-1 conference triumph.

“We would play really well and then there were those five- or six-point runs in each game where we spotted them points and that made the difference,” Farmington coach Mike Woody said. “They had all their struggles in Game 3 and we had our bad runs in 1, 2 and 4. We were just letting one mistake turn into three or four.”

Kenzie Hesse led the Tigers with 18 kills in the loss. Emma Fahning was right behind with 13 kills and provided a team-high 20 digs. Diana Comes added 14 digs and Ruthie Schmitt had 10 digs and 44 set assists.

Fahning was out due to injury and several other players were battling illness Tuesday night at Century.

“It was a night of adversity. We had another bad run, lost confidence and they took over momentum,” Woody said. “I was disappointed because we didn’t give it our best after we gave away Game 2 and we folded instead of coming back and fighting.”

Hesse led the team with 20 kills in Rochester. Morgan Cecchettini joined her in double figures with 11 kills and also provided 10 blocks.

Schmitt floated up 27 set assists.

Comes paced the defense with 22 digs and 40 serve receptions and Summer Skokan was right behind with 21 digs.

The Tigers (11-6) were back in Rochester Tuesday night to face Mayo and play tonight at No. 2-ranked Chaska.