The rebuilding stage for the Falls City High volleyball team appears to be headed in the right direction for first-year head coach Julie Frederick, whose team picked up wins three and four last week, doubling their win total from a season ago.
For some perspective, in 2011 when FC finished 5-27 they didn’t pick up their second victory until Oct. 8 and then went on to win four of their final nine games, so with 11 guaranteed games left they are ahead of that pace. If this Tiger team can finish like they did two years ago, double-digit wins isn’t out of the realm of possibility and what a feat that would be for Frederick.
At Saturday’s Johnson County Central Invite, the Lady Tigers defeated JCC in three sets, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-21 to garner fifth place. FC, now 4-15, was led in the match by junior Maygan Ramsey, who served 10 points with three aces and also put away nine kills. Fellow junior Baylee Vrtiska dished out 21 assists and also served seven points. Juniors Taylor O’Brien (16 digs) and Jerrica Beckner (4 digs) led the Tigers defensively.
FC dropped their first two matches of the tournament, the first to Humboldt-TR-S 25-13 and 25-14, and the second to Thayer Central, 25-16 and 25-17.
Ramsey finished the day with 17 kills, 18 service points and six blocks. FC’s lone senior, Madison Olberding, finished with 14 kills and 20 digs.
Win number three came last week on the road in Horton where FC split matches with Horton and Hiawatha, KS. FC lost the first match of the night to Horton, despite winning the first set 25-21, falling in the final two sets 25-13 and 25-15. Sophomore Libby Bauman led the attack finishing with 13 kills and three kills. Ramsey, Olberding and junior Lindsey Duerfeldt each finished with eight kills. Vrtiska was tops with 17 digs and eight points.
FC bounced back with a three set victory over Hiawatha, defeating the Red Hawks 18-25, 25-16 and 25-21. O’Brien and Campbell each scored seven points and combined for 16 digs. Olberding finished with team-highs in kills (11) and digs (19).
The Falls City Invitational is this Saturday at the high school beginning at 9 a.m.