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Fremont-Mills passes first regional test

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

TABOR - Someone said long ago it’s not easy to beat a team three times in the same season.
Sure didn’t look that way last Tuesday as Fremont-Mills dominated Heartland Christian from the first serve en route to a 25-15, 25-12, 25-10 Class 1A, Region 2 opening round victory in Tabor.

“We came in focused and polished,” said Fremont-Mills coach Tracy Malcom of her team’s third win over the Eagles in three tries this season. “We wanted to get the job done. We had a lot of free balls and we utilized our front line and put balls away when we needed to.”

The Knights (20-4) opened game one on a 7-1 streak and never allowed the Eagles (4-22) to adjust to their quick set-hitting game all night.

“We were in synch tonight,” Malcom said. “Madison Powers  was not feeling well tonight but she came out and played her butt off. She played great and I was very proud of everybody overall.  We’ve been working on our passing, as long we get our passing in synch we’ll be OK down the line.”

The Knights hit .256 as a team and smacked down 39 kills. The Eagles had little answer for Taryn Williams who led the way with 17 kills.

“She unloaded a lot,” Malcom said. “I’ve been working with her on playing smart so if it’s an off-set, she can do a roll shot or do something other than just hitting it hard every time. She’s getting around to that all around player. She’s a smart player and she knows her role on the court.”

Powers added 10 kills and setter Delaney Langfelt dished up 30 assists.
With the win, the Knights moved on to face Sidney in a game scheduled for last night in Tabor. With a victory Fremont-Mills would host the winner of Woodbine and Boyer Valley in Friday’s semifinal.