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Knights play well at Okoboji Tourney

By Staff | Sep 3, 2008

MILFORD -The Graettinger/Terril volleyball team opened the season with a 1-2 record at the Okoboji Tournament on Tuesday.

The Knights began by defeating host Okoboji, 2-1, by score of 14-21, 21-13, 16-14, but then fell to Spirit Lake 21-18, 21-13 and then lost 2-1 to Cornbelt Conference rival Harris-Lake Park, 19-21, 21-10, 16-14.

“Against Okoboji, we came out very nervous and hesitant,” said G/T coach Teresa Alesch.. “However in the second game, things seemed to fall in place.”

The coach said Tasha Neilson kept the serves coming while the front row worked hard to keep the Pioneers scrambling.

Against Spirit Lake, Alesch said G/T just came up short.

“We were late on blocks, which really made it tough to set the ball, if at all during this match,” she said.

The Knights had to rally in the first game to eke out the two-point win.

“We played incredibly well,” said Alesch. “With some help from back-row passing and sets from Liz Sparks, Theresa Petersen came alive with powerful attacks giving H-LP no opportunity to return the ball.”

The Knights couldn’t pull out the third game though.

“We didn’t respond well in the sense of pocketing our hitters and covering our tips areas. These errors and blocking hurt us the most in all three matches.”

Petersen led the attack for the Knights with 20 kills while Neilson had 11 and Dakota Hovinga had nine.

Sparks had 36 set assists.

Defensively, Leah Flaharty and Hovinga each had 17 digs and Neilson had 16.

Neilson had 24 serves with two aces. Sparks had 19 serves with an ace. Petersen had 17 serves with no errors.

“Overall, we were proud of the efforts tonight and the unity displayed throughout each match,” said Alesch. “The girls went home with a sense of confidence and teamwork.”

G/T (1-2) is at Corwith on Sept. 11.