The Fillmore Central volleyball team improved to 17-3 for the season with a TRC win over Plainview-Elgin-Millville (25-15, 25-19, 25-15), a non-conference win over Crestwood (25-22, 25-16, 25-10) and a second place (4-1) finish at the LeRoy-Ostrander Tournament last Saturday. With the win over the Bulldogs, the gals are now 6-1 in Three Rivers Conference play.

This week the team traveled to Kingsland on Tuesday, hosts No. 1 rated Wabasha-Kellogg on Thursday and will then travel to a very tough Byron Tournament on Saturday.

This past weekend the Lady Falcons went into the championship match against Rushford-Peterson at 4-0, getting wins over Plainview-Elgin-Millville (25-12, 25-10), LeRoy-Ostrander (25-15, 25-11), Riceville (25-7, 25-2) and Glenville-Emmons (25-3, 25-7). In the championship match against R-P, the gals just didn't "have it," and lost in two sets, 20-25 and 15-25.

"Rushford-Peterson came to beat Fillmore Central and they did," said coach Denise Case. "R-P hustled, and simply out-played FC, as they wanted it more.

"Maybe an eye opener for the girls," added Case. "We'll see how they respond against Kingsland."

In that final match against the Trojans, the Falcon gals had 16 kills, 22 errors, in 71 attacks, for a hitting efficiency of a negative .085 (-.085). Not going to win any matches when you have more errors than you do kills!

In the total tournament, counting the R-P match, the gals had 106 kills and a hitting efficiency of .238. Take away the match against the Trojans and the team hit .354...just showing you just how poor the gals played in that one match. Fillmore Central beat Rushford-Peterson, 3-0, in a dual meet, back on Sept. 6. What a difference a month makes!

Individually, Taylor Case had 47 kills in the L-O tournament, and a hitting average of .447. She was also 32/33 at the service line, came up with a team high 35 digs and a serve-receive of 24/25. Sammi Bakke was a perfect 47/47 at the line, with five aces, five ace blocks, also 25 digs, and was 17/18 in SR. Morgan Malley had 76 set assists and three ace blocks. Victoria Peterson had 20 kills in the tournament, hit 44 of 47 serves and was a perfect 16/16 in SR. Leah Scheevel had 3-1/2 blocks and 19 kills. Sara Schultz was 17/17 in SR, while Chelsea Rislove (11/12) and Danielle Zinsmaster ( 10/11) missed on just one serve-receive. Tor Peterson led the team with seven ace serves.

Against Crestwood, the Falcons probably had their worst serving match of the season, hitting just 58/72. Individually, Morgan Malley and Larissa Armstrong were 5/5 and Chelsea Rislove hit 12 of 13 serves. Leah Scheevel and Taylor Case led the team with 12 kills apiece. Scheevel also had 2.5 blocks and Case contributed two blocks. Morgan Malley had 29 of the team's 31 set assists.

Larissa Armstrong made her varsity debut against Crestwood.

In the conference win over PEM, Tor Peterson (20/20, 3 aces), Sammi Bakke (9/9, 1 ace) and Larissa Armstrong (3/3) were perfect at the service line. Peterson (10), Taylor Case (9) and Bakke (6) were the "spike" leaders. Peterson had a hitting average of .304. Leah Scheevel hit .300 with three kills and no errors. Serve receive leaders against the Bulldogs were Sara Schultz (12/12), Taylor Case (11/11), Sammi Bakke (7/7), Chelsea Rislove (16/19) and Danielle Zinsmaster (4/5). Morgan Malley had 24 set assists and nine digs. Taylor Case led the team with 14 digs, with the libero, Chelsea Rislove, adding eight.

The eighth graders got a 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-21) win over Plainview-Elgin-Millville.