Senior captain takes hit to face during match

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FARMINGTON — The Farmington volleyball team rolled through the first two sets against Hope Christian, but couldn’t find a way to win a third set and fell to the Lady Huskies 20-25, 17-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-7 in nondistrict play today in Albuquerque.

During the third set, Lady Scorpions setter Ashley Flack was the victim of a hard kill that hit the senior captain in the face, leaving her stunned for a time. Farmington head coach Dan Hickman said one of Hope’s outside hitters delivered a hard hit that Flack couldn’t react to in time.

Flack was checked for a concussion following the hit, but was cleared to continue playing. Hickman said the coaching staff was ready to keep Flack off the court for the rest of the match, but she insisted on playing.

“The girls played extremely well in the first and second games, but once Ashley took the hit, it took us out of rhythm,” Hickman said. “Ashley didn’t want to quit, so we let her back in after being checked out, but she wasn’t at the top of her game.”

Hickman said the Lady Scorps (8-7) lost their focus during the fourth and fifth sets, allowing Hope (8-6) to build a lead Farmington could not battle back from.

Hickman said Flack’s serving was phenomenal up to the point when she was hit.

Hickman also praised freshman JJ Curry’s play, as well as senior Georgia Willie’s willingness to sacrifice kills to focus on defense.

“Georgia played well in the middle,” Hickman said. “They (Hope) have a big girl in the middle, and (Willie) did her job. She gave up some of her kills to limit their big girl in the middle.”

Farmington (2-1 District 1-5A) will be back in action Tuesday, travelling to Gallup to take on the Lady Bengals (3-10, 1-2).

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.

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