Faith Christian School’s volleyball team entered play this week with a 9-3 record after going 3-0 last week.
The Saints opened the week by topping Lake Region Christian of Brainerd 3-2 Monday, Sept. 23, in a hard-fought match at FCS. Faith Christian handled Hope Christian 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 24, at FCS, then closed the week with a 3-0 home victory over Immanuel Lutheran of Mankato Friday.
Lake Region won the opening game 25-21 but the Saints came back with a 25-22 win in the second game. The Hornets took a 2-1 lead with a 25-19 win in the third game before Faith Christian tied the match with a 25-20 win and scored the victory with a 15-9 win in the fifth game.
“This was a rematch of a 3-2 Faith Christian victory earlier in the season and it figured to be another highly-competitive match,” said FCS Coach Mike Sohre. “The teams did not disappoint as it turned out to be a slugfest, with both teams making great plays.”
Faith Christian senior Lauren Freichels was 21-22 serving with six aces, and she had 39 digs and nine kills. Senior Faith Britton was 15-16 serving with two aces, and she had 39 digs and nine kills, while junior Ashley Johnson was 14-16 serving with three aces, and also notched 19 digs, 10 kills, two blocks and a pair of sets.
Seventh-grader Lauren Curott was 27-30 serving with six aces, and she had 20 sets. Ninth-grader Alison Cornelius was 9-10 serving with two aces, and she had four kills and two blocks, while junior Ashley Nordvik was 10-11 serving with two aces and 17 digs. Sophomore Tiffany Crapser had 17 digs.
The Saints served at a 91 percent clip (96-106.
Faith Christian defeated Hope Christian 25-16, 25-8, 25-9.
Crapser was 13-13 serving with three aces, and she had eight digs, while Johnson was 8-9 serving with five aces and added eight digs and 14 kills. Freichels was 12-15 serving with five aces, and she had six digs and two kills while Britton was 8-9 serving with four aces, and she had four digs and four kills.
Nordvik was 9-10 serving with two aces, and had seven digs, while Curott was 12-15 serving with five aces, and had two kills.
“We were favored in this match but we didn’t take Hope for granted,” said Sohre. “We played hard and at a high level.”
The Saints avenged a loss to Immanuel Lutheran in the consolation finals at the 2012 state meet by topping the Trojans 26-24, 25-17, 25-20.
“It was a good match with many long volleys,” said Sohre. “Our hitting was on spot and that made the difference.
“We played with a lot of heart and defeated a good team.
“Faith and Ashley had great nights at the net and Alison finished a very hard fought and close first game with a nice block to give us the two-point win.”
Johnson was 19-20 serving with 11 aces, and she had 22 digs, seven kills and three blocks, while Britton was 4-4 serving and had 20 digs and 10 kills. Nordvik was 16-17 serving with three aces, and had 12 digs, while Freichels was 10-12 serving with four aces, and had 16 digs. Curott was 9-13 serving with three aces, and she had 12 sets.
On Sept. 16 St. Cloud Christian topped FCS 3-1 in a match at St. Cloud Cathedral and on Sept. 20 the Saints stopped Valley Christian 3-0 at St. Croix Falls, Wis.
The Saints are at powerhouse Rochester Area Home School tonight (Friday) at 6 p.m., then host Valley Christian Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m.