FCVB off to 4-1 start, best in 11 years

   The long-suffering Falls City High School volleyball team is off to a 4-1 start — its best in a generation.
    The Lady Tigers, under second year head coach Julie Frederick, opened with a perfect sweep at the Johnson County Central Invite in Tecumseh (defeating both JCC and HTRS 2-0) before losing in straight games at Elmwood-Murdock last Tuesday, Sept. 9. They opened on their home court in strong fashion last Thursday, sweeping past Pawnee City and Sterling, recording wins No. 3 and 4. To put the good start in perspective: A year ago, FC got its fourth win on Oct. 8; the year before that, FC didn’t win a fourth match. Nor even a third. You have to go back to 2003, when Falls City/Dawson-Verdon competed in Class B, opened 6-0 and finished 16-10, to find such a fast start.
    Now that’s history and you can see for yourself. The Lady Tigers are home again tonight with Savannah and also host Nebraska City and Auburn Thursday night at the high school.
    “Every girl on this team (from reserve to varsity level) worked hard during the summer to get better,” Frederick said. “I am very proud of this group of girls…they have a great work ethic.”
    Six seniors – most three- or four-year starters) provide the team’s core (Baylee Vrtiska, Maygan Ramsey, 6-foot-3 Jerrica Beckner, Chelsae Campbell, Taylor O’Brien, and Lindsey Duerfeldt). Also returning are starters Libby Bauman, a 5-10 junior, and sophomore Alyssa Frederick.
    “We have to be scrappy on defense in order to be successful,” Frederick said.
    FC travels to the Fairbury Invite Saturday.

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