On October 19, Chatfield volleyball opened some eyes by beating FC 3-1 in an early season TRC match. It was set to be the first of two games between the two squads. The re-match was scheduled for November 16 in Preston. But the TRC has multiple schools on distance learning. There are teams that aren’t playing. In a quick bit of scheduling between Athletic Directors Dan Schindler and Chris Mensink, FC and Chatfield decided for a best of three series. In addition to the two above matches, the squads hooked up on November 2. Kindly put, FC got revenge for the earlier loss. The Falcons blitzed the Gophers in set one, 25-4! Game two was competitive, but again went the Falcons way, 25-21. FC then got the sweep by taking game three 25-17. Unlike the teams’ first match, where senior Maddie Krage had 26 kills (all other Falcons 20 in a four set match), FC got more balance. Krage and freshman Kammry Broadwater each had 10 kills. Hadley Yoder added 8 kills. Lauren Mensink (24 assists, 7 digs) ran the offense. K.J. Corson had 9 digs and went 17-17 serving with 4 aces. Ashlyn Simon had 8 digs and was 9-9 serving. Marissa Topness was 19-19 serving with two aces. Chatfield was led by Zayda Priebe (9 kills) and Devann Clemens (8 assists, 7 digs, 3 aces). The Falcons had 33 kills (hit .308), Chatfield just 17. The Falcons controlled the serve, going 69 of 73 serving with 10 aces. Chatfield was 35 of 42 with four aces. FC then hosted La Crescent/Hokah and won by sweep (25-14, 25-17, 25-11). Krage (17 kills) led the offense, helped by Broadwater (9 kills). Mensink (2 kills, 23 assists, 7 digs) set the table. Corson (22 digs, 11-11 serving), Hope Sexton (20 digs, 17-18 serving, 2 aces), and Simon (14 digs, 13-13 serving) served and defended. Krage has 113 kills on the year in eight matches, or over four kills per set (25 sets). She’s had 10 or more kills in seven of FC’s eight matches. The Falcons improved to 7-1. They are 21-0 set-wise in all matches except the loss to Chatfield.
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