24 August 2012

Volleyball: Tigers sack Packers in opener

Ruthanne Schmitt 7 assists, 6 service aces in opener (file photo by Jim Lindquist)
The long bus ride to Austin Thursday night for their season opener didn't seem to have any ill effects on the Tigers.

Coach Mike Woody's young and largely inexperienced team dominated from the start, winning in three sets 25-12, 25-12 and 25-20.

Austin led by a single point early in games one and three but the rest of the night belonged to the visitors who substituted liberally throughout the three-game set.

"We played a lot of girls," Woody said. "It was a good night with most everyone playing very well."

The stat sheet gave concrete evidence of Farmington's ability to win with different combinations of players on the floor.

Offensively, 11 different players registered kills with Summer Skokan and Courtney Johnston leading the way with six and four respectively.

Mia Johnston led in sets with nine, followed by Ruthanne Schmitt with seven and Lexi Wenskaug with five. Schmitt also collected half of her team's service aces with six.

Defensively, four players recorded five digs apiece: Skokan, Wenskaug, Rachel Eckert and Emily Nelson.

Megan Cecchettini chipped in with a pair of blocks. Daniele Flanscha had eight serve receptions and Eckert totaled seven.

The Tigers open their 2012 home season Tuesday night with a non-conference match with Irondale.