24 August 2013

Volleyball: Tigers sack Packers in opener

The Tigers celebrate their 3-0 win over Austin (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington coach Mike Woody was all smiles after Thursday night after his team's convincing 3-0 win over Austin in it season opener at Tiger Gym.

The Tigers used their new 5-1, ball control offensive attack take leads early leads in all three games, winning by scores of 25-13, 25-9 and 25-12.

"I was very pleased with our play for a first match," Woody said. "In any game you are going to have to control the ball and we did a good job of that tonight. We passed the ball well and out hitters did a good job of closing out points."

Woody also liked the way the Tigers stuck to their game plan when the Packers threw what he called "some junk" at them.

"We didn't bite on that when they (Austin) got a little desperate," he said. "We just got back to running our offense."

The Tigers roared to an 18-5 lead in game one to set the tone for the match. A 9-0 run midway through the one-sided second game set up a more competitive third that the winners closed out with an 11-1 spurt.

Kenzie Hesse digs one out (photo by J. Lindquist)
Woody said versatile senior Ruthie Schmitt had a solid game in her first varsity start and setter and hitters Emma Fahning, Kenzie Hesse and Morgan Cecchittini came through with some strong attack play.

"Diana (Comes) also did a great job at libero," he said. "It was a good team effort."

The Tiger added he would like to see his team solidify its blocking game but added that will come as its gets more games under its belt.

Hesse and Fahning led the attackers with 13 and six kills respectively. Schmitt and Vanessa Garke added three apiece.

Comes came up with a team-leading 10 digs. Fahning led in serve receptions with eight, one more than Comes, and also chimed in with six service aces.

Schmitt had a big night distributing the ball and finished with 31 set assists. Morgan Cecchittini led in blocks with five.

The Tigers return to action next Tuesday when they travel to Irondale. They return home on Thursday to host Apple Valley.
Morgan Cecchittini goes high for a kill (photo by Jim Lindquist)

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