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Farmington volleyball eliminated from playoffs by Rochester Century

Junior Charlie Nelson sets the ball against Albert Lea. The Tigers went on to be swept by Rochester Century 3-0 in the second round of sections. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Senior Myiah Scott elevates for the spike during Farmington's sections win over Albert Lea Wednesday night. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Farmington Tiger volleyball team traveled to Rochester Friday night to take on the Rochester Century Panthers in the second round of the Section 1AAA playoffs. The result was a reverse of the two team's match from earlier in the season as the Panthers swept the Tigers 3-0. Farmington was the No. 5 seed in the section while Rochester Century was No. 4. The Tigers end their season with an overall record of 13-13 after beating Albert Lea in the first round before falling to the Panthers.

Farmington and Rochester played in Farmington at the start of the season and the Tigers swept the Panthers 3-0 in a series of close sets—25-23, 26-24, 25-22. The section playoff rematch in Rochester was a reverse of the previous matchup, but nowhere near as close as the Panthers took the three sets 25-9, 25-16, 25-21.

In their opening section win (25-6, 25-16, 25-19) against Albert Lea last Wednesday, Farmington started fast and Albert Lea was clearly not in the Tigers' league after the first set. From there on, head coach Michael Woody was able to get all of his reserves into the last two sets and said he was happy that there was not any letdown when the starters came out.

The Tigers graduate five seniors from this year's team—Kellie Doherty, Gina Baertsch, Brenna Hesse, Myiah Scott and Mae Meyer—but they also will return several experienced players next season including Nelson, Katelyn Hand and Sophie Hall.

Check back later for a season wrap-up with coach Woody.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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