Fillmore Central volleyball shows improvement throughout season

Bill Bentson

The Fillmore Central volleyball team gradually improved during the 2019 season, finishing with a 17-11 record, 9-2 in the Three Rivers Conference. 

“I had a fun season with this group of girls. It didn’t end the way we wanted, but I feel we improved throughout the year and became a really good team,” said coach Travis Malley. “The injury bug kind of got us this year; both middles missed games and that hurt us. Didn’t have a lot of depth on the bench. On the bright side of having some injuries, we got to look at Kammry Broadwater and she did a great job for us, as an eighth grader. We will return a great group of girls next year and I am looking forward to see what they can accomplish.”

Three seniors graduate from this year’s team: Kandace Sikkink, Kassidy Broadwater and Krista Jorgenson.

Following are 2019 team stats from its 17-11 season, with a record of 48-37 in sets.

Serving: 90.76 percent, 1,669/1,839.

Ace serves: 159, 8.65 percent.

Kills: 949, 11.165/set.

Hitting efficiency: 0.1526; 949 kills-462 errors-3,191 attacks.

Set assists: 836, 9.835/set.

Blocks: 91.5; 1.076/set.

Digs: 1,588, 18.682/set.

Serve receive: 75.15 percent, 1,158/1,541.

Individual stat leaders are as follows.

Serving: KJ Corson, 94.65 percent (301/318); Ashlyn Simon, 94.52 percent (276/292); Kandace Sikkink, 92.98 percent (318/342); Hope Sexton, 91.79 percent (313/341).

Ace serves, total: Lauren Mensink, 29; Simon, 28; Sexton, 28; Sikkink, 27; Corson, 22.

Kills, total (per set): Mensink, 232 (2.729); Sikkink, 222 (2.810); Maddie Krage, 186 (2.696); Hadley Yoder, 95 (2.021); Krista Jorgenson, 90 (1.200).

Hitting efficiency (average): Krage, .2475 (186 kills-61 errors-505 attacks); Sikkink, .1769 (222-84-780); Mensink, .1502 (232-109-819); Jorgenson, .1409 (90-48-298).

Set assists, total (per set): Sikkink, 395 (5.000); Mensink, 343 (4.035).

Ace blocks, total: Krage, 25.5; Mensink, 15; Kammry Broadwater, 14; Sikkink, 11.

Digs, total (per set): Corson, 500 (5.882); Mensink, 264 (3.106); Sikkink, 232 (2.937); Sexton, 223 (2.624); Simon, 217 (2.583).

Serve receive: Corson, 80.50 percent (615/764); Sexton, 76.85 percent (259/337); Simon, 65.75 percent (167/254).

Players who are expected to return to next year’s program include: juniors, Ashlyn Simon, Hadley Yoder, Haley Joerg, Hope Sexton, KJ Corson and Maddie Krage; sophomore Kendyl Kraling; freshman Regan Hanson; and eighth graders Alyssa Britton and Kammry Broadwater.

Assisting coach Malley this past season were Cassie Keene, Kristi Rindels and Madison Scheevel.  Based on results received, the JV/B squad finished with an 8-4 record.