FC volleyball hopes to contend again

By: 
Bill Bentson

Fillmore Central hopes to be contending for the Three Rivers Conference title again this year

Last year the Lady Falcons had a record of 17-12, 50-32 in sets (games) played.  The team was 17-11 during the regular season and 10-1 in the Three Rivers Conference. 

The team finished second in the TRC last year.  Wabasha-Kellogg won the conference last year with an 11-0 record, Caledonia was third, 9-2, and Lewiston-Altura was fourth at 8-3.  Rushford-Peterson, St. Charles and Cotter were all 6-5.  The rest of the conference: Dover-Eyota (4-7), Chatfield (3-8), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (2-9), La Crescent-Hokah (1-10) and Southland (0-11).

“I think we can contend for the conference again this year,” said head coach Travis Malley. “The section is going to be really tough again this year, both sides (sub-sections).” 

In the Three Rivers Conference, Malley sees Caledonia and Lewiston-Altura as the teams to beat.  In the section, Mabel-Canton and Caledonia on the East side and Kenyon-Wanamingo and Medford on the West are favorites.

K-W is the top ranked team in the state, Medford is No. 2, Mabel-Canton comes in at No. 6 and Caledonia is No. 8.  How tough is that?

Eight players on this year’s Fillmore Central squad were on the roster last year.  Those players (with the number of sets played last year in parenthesis) are: Hadley Yoder (78), Madison Krage (77), KJ Corson (82), Kandace Sikkink (81), Erin Gossman (11), Krista Jorgenson (17), Hope Sexton (0) and Lauren Mensink (21). The team had a total of 82 sets during the 2019 season.

Sikkink, Jorgenson and Gossman are seniors this year, Sexton, Corson, Yoder and Krage are juniors and Mensink is a sophomore.

New to the varsity program this year are Kassidy Broadwater (senior), Ashlyn Simon (junior), Haley Joerg (junior) and Kendyl Kraling (sophomore).

Returning letter winners are Sikkink, Krage, Yoder and Corson.

Top stat leaders returning: 

Serving: Corson (93.28%, 236/253), Sikkink (86.36%, 19/22), Yoder (83.15%, 227/273).  Ace serves: Yoder (31, 11.36%), Corson (26, 10.28%).  Kills (total): Sikkink (127), Yoder (100), Krage (85).  Hitting: Sikkink (.149, 127 kills-59 errors-457 attacks), Krage (.166, 85-42-259), Yoder (.111, 100-67-298).  Set assists: Corson (61).  Ace blocks: Yoder (20.5), Krage (14), Sikkink (8.5).  Digs: Corson (386), Sikkink (64), Yoder (55).  Serve receive (SR): Corson (74.41%, 445/598).

Corson returns as the top Lady Falcon defender and Yoder, Sikkink and Krage return as the top offensive players.

Fillmore Central opened the 2019 season with a win over Hayfield (3-2) last Thursday. The Lady Falcons were at Stewartville this past Tuesday and then host Rochester John Marshall on Tuesday, Sept. 3.