The Faribault Falcons knew they were going to face a laser-focused Northfield Raiders volleyball team Thursday.  The Raiders lost at Rochester Mayo earlier this week.  It was their first loss in the Big Nine in about 5 years.

Northfield swept the match by scores of 25-18, 25-14, 25-17.

The first set was very competitive with Faribault down by a couple of points most of the way.  My very unofficial statistics showed the difference in each set was errors by the Falcons.

In the first set Northfield tallied 14 kills to Faribault's 13 kills.  The Raiders had 3 ace serves.  Falcons 2 aces but Northfield had 5 errors and Faribault 10 errors.

The second set the Falcons had 16 errors.  The third set 12 errors.

Meanwhile Northfield had 4 total errors in set two and 8 in the final set of  the evening.

Our Malecha's Auto Body of Faribault Crunch Time Faribault players of the match were Emily Soukup and Addison Dietsch because they were the most effective attackers on a night when the Falcons needed to limit their mistakes.

It was Senior Night in Northfield so our Cashwise Foods of Owatonna Delivery of the Match was the delivery by the two seniors on the team of aces when they went in to serve.

It doesn't get any better than that.

My very unofficial statistics had Northfield junior Sydney Jaynes with 9 kills.  Junior Teagan Timperly had 8 kills.  Freshman Hannah Koester had 8 kills.  Junior Maddie McDowell collected 6 kills.

Northfield (9-1 Big 9, 17-5 overall) is at the Todd Bachman Invitational at Lakeville North High School this weekend before ending their regular season at Rochester John Marshall.

Faribault (3-7 Big 9, 10-15 overall) ends their season Tuesday at home against Winona.

In other matches Thursday around the KDHL  POWER 96, KRFO and KAT KOUNTRY area:

  • Bethlehem Academy 3  Blooming Prairie 0  25-12, 25-9, 25-9
  • Mayer Lutheran 3  Lester Prairie  0     25-2, 25-11. 25-12
  • Concordia Academy  3  Apple Valley  0    25-15, 25-21, 25-14
  • Rochester John Marshall  3  Austin  1   25-10, 22-25, 28-26, 25-18
  • Lakeville South  3  Cambridge-Isanti  1     25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18
  • Belle Plaine  3  Norwood Young America 1    25-17, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17
  • Sibley East 3  LeSueur-Henderson 2       25-10, 21-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-10
  • Rochester Lourdes  3  Schaeffer Academy  0     25-6, 25-20, 25-20
  • Red Wing 3  Albert Lea  0          25-10, 25-14, 27-25
  • Cannon Falls  3  St. Croix Lutheran  1      24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 25-16  Madi Burr and Halle Hustad 17 kills each, Karsyn Winchell 9 kills for Cannon Falls.
  • Caledonia  3  Fillmore Central  1       25-16, 15-25, 25-22, 25-18
  • Rushford-Peterson  3  LaCrescent  2
  • Waseca  3  Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial  1
  • Medford  3  NRHEG  0       25-18, 25-16, 25-21
  • Kenyon-Wanamingo  3  Randolph  1       23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-10
  • Rochester Century  3  Mankato West  1   25-18, 25-27, 25-21, 25-21
  • Mabel-Canton 3  Spring Grove  2    25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 15-13
  • Rochester Mayo  3  Winona  0   25-14, 25-17,  25-18
  • New Prague 3  Robbinsdale Cooper 0     25-12, 25-14, 25-16
  • Hayfield 3  United South Central  0     25-21, 25-14, 26-24
  • Grand Meadow  3  Southland  0   25-14, 25-13, 25-14
  • Lewiston-Altura  3  Dover-Eyota  2   25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-12
  • P-E-M  3  Wabasha-Kellogg  0   25-20, 25-20, 25-18
  • Cotter 3  St. Charles  1     25-21, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23

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