Falcons lose to top-ranked Stewartville in volleyball


DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Krista Jorgenson (No. 15) sends the ball back over the net to the Tigers as the Falcons battled the strong Stewartville team. Fillmore Central lost the game, 1-3.

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Ashlyn Simon (No. 20) bumps the ball up to the front line where Hadley Yoder (No. 9) and Lauren Mensink (No. 8) prepare to return the ball to the Stewartville Tigers. The Lady Falcons hosted Stewartville on Tuesday night, Aug. 27.
By: 
Bill Bentson

“Our inexperience showed against a very good team,” said Fillmore Central volleyball coach Travis Malley about the Falcons’ match last week against Stewartville, the No. 1 ranked team in Class AA. 

“We did serve well, but that was about it,” Malley added. “Our passing and hitting needed to be better. We had way too many errors. We will learn from this game and get better.”

Fillmore Central lost to the Lady Tigers 1-3 (11-25, 9-25, 25-23, 10-25). The Falcons are now 1-1 for the season with both matches coming against non-conference opponents.

In team serving, the Lady Falcons were 52 of 56, 92.9 percent.  No one on the team had more than one service error: Ashlyn Simon (6/7), Hadley Yoder (7/8), Hope Sexton (9/9), KJ Corson (8/8), Kandace Sikkink (8/9), Krista Jorgenson (4/4), Lauren Mensink (7/8) and Maddie Krage (3/3).  Service aces were recorded by Yoder (2) and Mensink. 

Team hitting efficiency was in the negative, with one more error than kills: 31 kills, 32 errors and 136 attacks (-0.007).  Leading the way in kills were Krage and Sikkink, each with nine.  Mensink was next in line with six, followed by Jorgenson with three, and Kendyl Kraling and Yoder, each with two.  Also, at the net, Krage and Mensink had 1.5 ace blocks and while Yoder and Jorgenson each recorded 0.5.

Not only were Mensink and Sikkink among the leaders in kills, they were also doing “double-duty” with 12 and 11 set assists, respectively.  Corson also had two assists.

Defensively, Corson was super-busy in the back row with 16 digs and was 41 for 48 in serve receive (SR).  Simon had a dozen (12) digs and was 10 for 12 in SR and Sexton came up with six digs and was 19 for 24 in serve receive.  Also coming up with digs were Mensink (9) and Sikkink (5), with two each for Krage and Yoder and one each for Kraling and Jorgenson.

In serve receive, Mensink was two for two and Yoder was one for one.

This is a busy week for the gals. On Tuesday they were scheduled to host Rochester John Marshall, Thursday they are at home again against Caledonia and Friday and Saturday they will play in the Apple Valley tournament.  Tuesday, Sept. 10, the team will travel to Adams to take on the Lady Rebels of Southland.

The junior varsity team lost its match to Stewartville and is now 0-2 for the season.