Falcons open volleyball season with a win

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Fillmore Central opened its season last week on Thursday, Aug. 22, when the Falcons hosted Hayfield. The Lady Falcons won, 3-2. Above, Madison Krage (No. 23) catches her opponents by surprise as she attacks the net.

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Kandace Sikkink gets a hit over the net as the Falcons pulled ahead of Hayfield in the first game of the season.
Bill Bentson

The Fillmore Central volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11) win over Hayfield.  The gals won the first set, but then lost the next two sets, and had to rally to win the match by winning the final two sets.

“Hayfield has a nice team and played really well against us,” said head coach Travis Malley. “I liked our energy and communication on the court.  We battled all night with Hayfield, being down two sets to one.  It was nice to see the girls pull out a tough win. 

“We will have a lot of tough games like this, so this should give us confidence that we can go five tough sets.  I thought our defense and serve receive were really good.  We need to be more consistent on offense and cut down on our hitting errors.”

Leading the way at the service line were Ashlyn Simon (16/16), Hope Sexton (16/18), KJ Corson (15/17), Kandace Sikkink (20/22) and Lauren Mensink (16/19).  Maddie Krage went two for two and Kendyl Kraling was one for one.  Service points earned (team points while serving): Mensink (11), Sikkink (10), Sexton (9), Simon (9), Krage (6) and Yoder (5).  Ace serves were recorded by Sikkink (3), Corson (2), Mensink (2) and Sexton (1).

Getting the kills for the Falcons were Sikkink (17), Mensink (10), Yoder (10), Krage (9), Krista Jorgenson (6), Kendyl Kraling (3) and Simon (1).  Tops in hitting were Jorgenson, 0.210 (6 kills-2 errors-19 attacks) and Sikkink, 0.186 (17-6-59).  Simon hit 1.000 with one kill and no errors, with one attack.

Mensink led the team with 28 set assists.  Sikkink recorded 16. 

Krage led the team with three ace blocks, plus two each for Sikkink and Yoder and 0.5 block for Jorgenson and Mensink.

Defensively, Corson picked up this year where she left off last year, leading the team with 30 digs and going 36 for 44 (81.8%) in serve receive (SR).  Also in double-digits for digs were Sikkink (15), Simon (11) and Mensink (11).  Sexton was 25 for 27 (92.6%) in serve receive, Simon was nine for 11 (81.8%) and Mensink went five for six (83.3%).

As a team, FC was 91 for 104 (87.5%) in serving, 0.083 (56k-38e-217a) in hitting and 83.9 percent (78/93) in serve receive.  The team had eight service aces, eight ace blocks, 81 digs and 47 set assists.

This past Tuesday the gals traveled to Stewartville and next Tuesday they will host Rochester John Marshall.