The Falls City High volleyball team will play in front of the home crowd for the fourth time in two weeks Thursday night when they host Hiawatha and Horton, KS, for a triangular. The Lady Tigers’ home opener wasn’t until Sept. 16, but returned two days later to sweep Nebraska City and Auburn on Sept. 18. FC hosted Plattsmouth on the 23rd.
The Tigers, coached by Julie Frederick for the second year, lost that match in four and went 1-2 on the week, splitting a triangular at NC Lourdes Thursday (beating Syracuse in a pair; falling to the hosts in three). Falls City is 9-5 on the year and has already won more matches than the previous two Tiger teams combined (2013, 6-24; 2012, 2-29). Over the course of the previous six seasons, beginning in 2008, FC Volleyball posted a collective 25-161 record. If the ‘14 Tigers continue at their current pace, they will win more matches in one fall season than FCHS did during a five-year stretch from 2008 to 2012 (19).
In the tough 18-25, 25-17, 25-16 loss to 6-4 Lourdes, senior Jerrica Beckner and sophomore Alyssa Frederick recorded seven kills apiece and senior Maygan Ramsey wasn’t far behind with six. Baylee Vrtiska, a senior, set them up with 21 assists.
Falls City had one of its best defensive night of the year at Nebraska City, recording 10 ace blocks against both Lourdes and Syracuse. Libby Bauman sent a total of six back, half for aces, in the loss to the Knights. Beckner, Lindsey Duerfeldt and Ramsey each had two ace blocks apiece. In the 25-16, 25-19 win over the 2-17 Rockets, Beckner and Bauman combined for 10 blocks – six going for aces. Frederick finished with a team-high nine kills in the victory.
The Lady Tigers lost a hard-fought four-game match to Class B Plattsmouth, falling 25-27, 28-30, 25-15, 20-25.
Frederick and Ramsey finished with 16 kills apiece, keeping pace with Plattsmouth standout Shayla Scanlan (16 kills on 34 attempts).
FC struggled receiving the Blue Devils’ serving. Plattsmouth recorded 13 ace serves in the match, led by senior Jenna Schroeder’s six. Sophomore Morgan Sherman added three, which equaled FC’s team total. The Tigers, meanwhile, made six service errors and 16 receiving errors (to Plattsmouth’s four).
Scanlan was difficult defensively, too, recording eight blocks – all for aces. Beckner had nine blocks, three going for aces.
Vrtiska finished with 37 assists in the match.
The Lady Tiger JV will kick things off Thursday at 5 p.m. against Horton, followed by the varsity matches.
The team travels to Tecumseh Saturday for the Johnson County Central Invite. They go to Conestoga next Tuesday and host the FC High School Invite Saturday, Oct. 11.