Falcons get two conference volleyball wins

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER The Fillmore Central Falcons traveled to Adams last Tuesday, Sept. 10, to play the Southland Rebels. Above, Madison Krage shows her power as she returns the ball to the Rebels.

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER On Thursday night, Sept. 12, the Lady Falcons hosted the La Crescent-Hokah Lancers. Kendyl Kraling returns the ball over the net. The Falcons won in three games, 25-13, 25-15 and 25-14.
Bill Bentson

Last week was a busy one for the Fillmore Central volleyball team.  On Tuesday the Falcons beat Southland, 3-0 (25-7, 25-14, 25-9), Thursday they got a win over La Crescent-Hokah, also 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-14) and on Saturday they went 2-2 in the Tara Biever Classic  at Wabasha-Kellogg. 

In the Biever Classic they got wins over Dover-Eyota (1-1: 25-17, 20-25) and Rushford-Peterson (1-1: 25-27, 25-20) and lost to Caledonia (0-2: 19-25, 18-25) and Norwood-Young America (0-2: 14-25, 13-25).

The Lady Falcons had some great hitting in the win over Southland.  Hadley Yoder hit .684 (14 kills-1 error-19 attacks), Krista Jorgenson, .538 (9k-2e-13a), .412 for Kandace Sikkink (8k-1e-17a), .364 for Maddie Krage (8k-0e-22a) and Lauren Mensink at .208 (7k-2e-24a).  As a team, it was one of their best hitting matches of the season, 47 kills-8 errors-102 attacks.  Sikkink led the team with 23 set assists and Mensink added 17.  The team had four blocks.

Team serve receive was also very good, 86.7 percent (26/30).  Individually, KJ Corson and Hope Sexton were 15 for 17.  Corson was also the leader in digs, 22, with 10 for Sikkink, nine for Sexton and Mensink with six.

Serving leader was Ashlyn Simon, 14 for 14.  Sikkink had three aces.

“It was Southland’s homecoming week,” said coach Travis Malley, “so we know teams get up for this game.  We wanted to start fast and take the crowd out of the game and we did that.  The girls came ready to play, and played well.  We played a good team volleyball and did not give many points away.  It was our best offensive night of the year.”

Team serving against the Lady Lancers was at 90.4 percent (66/73), with eight aces.  Sexton was at 11 for 11, 20/21 for Simon, Sikkink was nine for nine, and Jorgenson and Regan Hanson were two for two.

Mensink led the team with .500 hitting (12k-1e-22k), 12 kills and .423 hitting (12k-1e-26a) for Krage and Sikkink (.200; 9k-5e-20a) had nine kills.  Kendyl Kraling hit .273, with four kills, one error and 11 attacks.  Mensink had 16 set assists, Sikkink with 13 and seven for Haley Joerg.

Defense was solid again, 78.9 percent (30/38) in SR.  Corson led the individuals at 18 for 24, with Sexton at seven for seven.  Corson also led the team in digs with 21, while there were a dozen for Mensink, six for Sikkink, five for Sexton and four for Krage.

For the W-K tournament, coach Travis Malley said, “We played a little short-handed.  Hadley (Yoder) was out with an ankle injury, Krista (Jorgenson) was gone for FFA, and Kandace (Sikkink) was taking her ACT; got there for our last match.  We had some girls playing in their first varsity games.  Our effort was good, but we struggled with our consistency, on offense and defense

“The good thing was, we got some younger girls some playing time and experience, which will help our bench in the future.  We do not have a lot of depth in our varsity this year.”

The team hitting was .088, 77 kills, 50 errors and 307 attacks.  The only player to hit over .200 was Regan Hanson, .210 (6k-2e-19a).  Krage led the team with 26 kills, with 19 for Mensink and 10 each for Sikkink and Kraling.  Mensink had 37 set assists and 14 for Haley Joerg.  Krage led the team with 4.5 blocks, and Kassidy Broadwater had two.

At the service line, Joerg led the team at 15 for 15 (100.0%), Corson was 20 for 21 (95.2%), Sikkink was 11 for 12 (91.7%) and Mensink was 30 for 33 (90.9%).  Kammry Broadwater was five for five (100.0%).  Mensink led the team with six aces, with three each for Sexton, Simon and Krage.

Defensively, the SR was down, passing at 51.8 percent (87/168) only.  A lot of matches in the week really showed on the defense.  Corson had 45 “good passes,” with 15 for Sexton and 14 for Simon.  In double-digits for digs were Corson (39), Sexton (24), Mensink (19) and Simon (15).

This past Tuesday the Falcons traveled to Plainview-Elgin-Millville for their only match of the week.  Next week the team hosts Lewiston-Altura Tuesday and travels to Cotter on Thursday.