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Nice night for Knights

By Staff | Sep 12, 2008

CORWITH – A slow start in each match Thursday, didn’t bother the Graettinger/Terril volleyball team in a triangular meet at Corwith.

The Knights came away with straight-game victories over host Corwith-Wesley-Luverne and Twin River Valley.

Graettinger/Terril opened with a 25-11, 25-15, 25-12 win over the host Panthers.

“We had a rocky start. Offensively, we came out a little slow and put too much on the ball, sending several out of bounds,” said G/T coach Teresa Alesch. “On the positive side, we had serving goals tonight and our stats improved with fewer errors and 19 aces.”

Theresa Petersen led the Knights against CWL with a team-high eight kills, 11 digs and eight aces on 17 serves.

Tasha Neilson had five kills, six digs and two aces.

Dakota Hovinga had three kills and four aces.

Malorie Girres also had three ace serves and Leah Flaharty had six digs.

Liz Sparks had 14 set assists.

Against TRV, the Knights again overcame a slow start, but won 25-20, 25-16, 25-17.

“We were able to gain control offensively and defensively,” said Alesch. “Our front line attacked with more authority. Defensively, through serve reception and digging, we offered better passes to initiate our offense. Our next goal is to improve our percent of kills versus attack attempts.”

Petersen again led the way with 12 kills, 12 digs and five blocks.

Neilson had six kills and two aces.

Girres had four kills, three blocks and two aces.

Hovinga had nine digs and five set assists and Flaharty had eight digs.

Sparks had 13 set assists.

G/T (3-2, 2-0) travels to the Emmetsburg Tournament on Saturday.