Lady Falcons stay atop the TRC


Katrina Bergey gets down low to bump the ball to the front line as Daysha Erickson and Paige Donlinger look on. The Falcons defeated the Cotter Ramblers in three games. DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER
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BILL BENTSON
NEWS LEADER

Only one match last week for the Falcon volleyball team, a hard-fought 3-0 victory over Cotter.  With the win the gals remained tied at the top of the Three Rivers Conference standings with a 6-0 record. 

And who was going to stay unbeaten in the TRC was decided this past Tuesday when Fillmore Central traveled to Wabasha-Kellogg (6-0, 12-4) for the conference lead? The match was played after this edition went to press. The FC Falcons have an 11-6 record overall.

Thursday night the team will host Rushford-Peterson (4-2, 12-9).  The Lady Falcons travel to Chatfield on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and are back home on Thursday, Oct. 11, against Dover-Eyota.

“I thought Cotter played a great match,” said head coach Travis Malley. “They have a lot of size. We had a nice comeback in game one. I think we were down 24-20. Hadley Yoder served the last six points in a row. Great job by Hadley. Paige Donlinger had a great night in the back row and Stella Schrufer led us in kills. Madison Scheevel continues to do a great job running our offense.”

Scores for the match against Cotter were 26-24, 25-18, 25-22.

Leading the serving stats were Madison Scheevel, 12 for 12, KJ Corson, nine for nine, and Paige Donlinger, 13 for 14.  Each of them also had an ace serve.  Missing just two serves were Hadley Yoder (14/16), Daysha Erickson (13/15) and Stella Schrufer (6/8).  Erickson had a team-high three ace serves and Yoder had one.  Team serving for the match was 67 for 74 (91.9 percent).  The team is serving 88.0 percent (953/1,083) for the season. 

Schrufer led the team with 17 kills and a hitting average of .361 (17k-4 errors-36 attacks).  Donlinger came up with nine kills in the match and Yoder had seven kills and hit .308 (7-3-13).  Kandace Sikkink had five kills and hit .200 (5-2-15), Madison Krage had four kills (.231, 4-1-13) and setter Scheevel had three kills and also hit .231 (3-0-13).  Fillmore Central had 133 attacks in the three-set win and hit just over .200 (.203, 45-18-133).  The team is hitting .158 for the season.  Scheevel had 38 of the team’s 40 set assists.  Scheevel also had an ace block and Yoder and Krage each had block-assists.  Scheevel is averaging 7.714 set assists per set (game).  Yoder is leading the team with eight blocks this season. 

On defense, Donlinger led the team with 18 digs and was six for 11 in serve receive (SR).  Also in double-digits for digs were Scheevel (11) and Corson (10).  Corson was 23 for 31 (74.2 percent) in SR.  Katrina Bergey had nine digs and was five for eight in SR, while there was eight digs for Erickson, seven for Schrufer and six digs in the back row for Yoder.  Krage and Sikkink each had two digs.  Corson leads the team with 211 digs on the season and has 211 successful passes on serves.  She has a serve receive average of 72.3 percent.  Donlinger has 112 good passes and a SR rate of 73.7 percent.

Tops in serving for the season are Corson (95.12 percent, 156/164) and Scheevel (95.0 percent, 190/200).  Schrufer (34), Scheevel (26) and Donlinger (20) lead the team in ace serves.  Yoder and Corson have 19 aces each.  Donlinger leads the team in kills with 134, followed by Schrufer with 128.  Tops in hitting average are Scheevel, .250 (41-9-128) and Schrufer, .219 (128-55-333).  Donlinger leads the team in attacks with 467.

Top diggers are Corson (207), Donlinger (156) and Scheevel (135).b

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