Farwell Spikes Pinny in District Opener

November 11, 2019

Madison Travis goes up for a spike. Photo by Stephanie Brown.
Farwell Madison Nunn sets the ball during Monday’s home district win over Pinconning. Photo by Stephanie Brown.

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The Farwell volleyball team was able to open up the post-season on a winning note Monday night. The Lady Eagles, hosting Meridian in a division three pre-district picked up a straight sets victory, 25-11, 25-15 and 25-19.

“This team came ready to play,” head coach John Pakledinaz said. “We made some lineup changes later in the night and the score in the third set was closer than I would have liked, but all-in-all a great night to be an Eagle. I’m very proud of getting a round one win in districts.”

Farwell started off the first set with an 18-3 lead, sparked by nine kills in the frame by Soyer Barnett.

“No question Barnett led the charge in that first set,” Pakledinaz said. “That momentum carried over to set two and others like Mia Fetzer and Caitlyn Simons stepped up and contributed.”

Barnett finished with 21 kills, five aces and two blocks, Madison Nunn had 30 assists and three aces, Simons tallied four kills, two aces and one block, Kylie Smith had 12 digs and Fetzer had six kills, four aces and served at 95-percent.

On Oct. 30 the Eagles finished up the regular season with a home Jack Pine Conference quad match. The Eagles topped Meridian 25-18 and 25-19 but came up short against Beaverton 25-11 and 25-11 and dropped their match with Shepherd 25-18 and 25-19.

“We played as expected verses Meridian, we were mentally ready and that helped us to play well enough to do what was expected,” Pakledinaz said. “Beaverton is a very good team, we started strong in both matches but their skill level was superior to ours and the results showed. I was disappointed in our performance versus Shepherd. We had no energy, therefore our skill level suffered tremendously. Shepherd is one of the more improved teams in our conference this year, however the outcome of the match was more determined by what we didn’t do than what they did do.”

Barnett had another solid night with 22 kills and two aces, Fetzer had 10 kills and three aces, Madison Travis had seven kills and four aces, Nunn had 47 assists and 13 digs and Allison Lake added 18 digs and two aces.

Farwell played Pinconning in the district semi-finals on Wednesday, with Harrison and Beaverton playing in the other semi-final. The district title game was scheduled for Thursday with the winner moving on to regionals at Carson City-Crystal next week.

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