Rebels fall to Fillmore Central in three games

Published 9:52 pm Thursday, September 7, 2017

ADAMS — The Southland volleyball team is still looking to find its groove and it found out it has some work to do on the defensive end of the court after it lost to Fillmore Central by scores of 25-14, 25-15, 25-10 in Adams Thursday.

The Rebels (1-6 overall, 1-2 Three Rivers) took a 2-0 lead early in the second and third games, but they trailed 4-0 to start the first game and they ended up with big deficits half-way through all three games.

Southland’s Emily Hovden hits against Fillmore Central in game one Tuesday night in Adams. Eric Johnson/

The Falcons (3-1 overall, 3-0 Three Rivers) were able to stay consistent by coming up with some effective serves and keeping the Southland hitters at bay. Emily Hovden led the Rebels with four kills and seven digs.

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Southland head coach Lisa Hovde said FC was able to stay in control with its back row play.

“Defensively they were probably by far the best team we’ve seen this year. They didn’t let anything drop,” Hovde said. “That’s something we need to work on. You can’t just play offense. You need to play defense too and that’s what we’re going to work on. Tomorrow in practice we’re going to pass, pass pass.”

Southland’s Taylor Bhend sets at the net in game two against Fillmore Central Thursday night in Adams. Eric Johnson/

Southland used multiple looks in the match and Hovde said she may continue to tinker with the lineup as the season moves on.

“We made too many simple errors. We’ve got to clean up our mistakes,” Hovde said. “We’re still trying to figure out our lineup and w’ere trying to get everyone a shot. They’re good kids and they’re all working hard.”

Southland’s McKendry Kennedy puts a block up on Fillmore Central’s Cailey Rindels during game one Tuesday night in Adams. Eric Johnson/

Southland stats: Emily Hovden, 4 kills, 7 digs, 1 block; Brianna Johnson, 3 kills; McKendry Kennedy, 2 kills, 1 block, 6 digs; Laura Bottom, 2 kills, 1 block, 1 dig; Lexi Shaw, 1 kill; Taylor Bhend, 12 set assists, 1 block, 2 digs; Callie Kiefer, 4 digs

Austin’s Callie Kiefer receives a serve in game one against Fillmore Central Thursday night in Adams. Eric Johnson/