29 August 2012

Volleyball: Two in a row

Kelsey Lindell goes in for the kill (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers passed their second test of the season with flying colors with a convincing 25-15, 25-10, 25-8 non-conference win over Irondale Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.

The win was the second straight for Farmington who opened the season with a 3-0 road win at Austin.

The winners built a double digit-lead early in the first game before the Knight battled back to make it close. An 8-1 finish closed the deal for the Tigers.

The final two games held little drama with the home team jumping out to big early leads and allowing coach Mike Woody to get a lot of players into the action.

Student fans dig their team (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Emma Fahning had another solid all-around night for the winners, collecting seven kills and six digs.
 Mia Johnston and Ruthie Schmitt each hit double digits in assists with 13 and 11 respectively.

Rachel Eckert topped the stat sheet in serve receptions (13) and digs (9).

Woody said he used the substitution  revolving door for a couple of reasons.

"The opponent created the opportunity so I wanted to get as many girls in who could possibly contribute in the future," he said.
 "I could see them and they could also get some experience.

"Having that depth might benefit us if we have injuries or someone is having a bad night."

Woody said he continues to be impressed with the continued quality play of Fahning and he was especially pleased with the performance of his middle hitting corps of Kesley Lindell, Kaylene Seurer and Morgan Cecchittini.

The Tigers step up a level in competition Thursday night when they seek their third straight win  in a non-conference match against Rochester John Marshall at Tiger Gym.

Emily Nelson slams one down (photo by Jim Lindquist)