Knights prevail over Mavericks
GRAETTINGER – Graettinger/Terril needed five games, but the Knights got the job done in defeating Cornbelt Conference rival Clay Central-Everly 3-2 on Tuesday.
The Knights opened with a 25-20 over the Mavericks, with CCE winning by the same score in game two.
After a fast start in game three, G/T held off a Maverick rally to win 28-26,b ut CCE took game four, 25-20 to tie the match at two games apiece.
“It seems tobe a tradition for the Knights to start out strong,” said G/T coach Teresa Alesch. “Our transitioning was right on target and our chemistry was outstanding. The girls fought the hardest we’ve seen them in remaining focused despite falling behind in games 2 and 4.”
Finally, the Knights pulled ahead in the final game and won 15-11.
“In game 5, we fell behind early, but we persevered to take the momentum and pull away after tying the game at 11-11,” said Alesch. “Under intense pressure, Dakota Hovinga kept focus to serve the final eight points of game 5.”
Tasha Neilson led the attack with 16 kills and also had two blocks and 22 serves with one ace.
Theresa Petersen had 11 kills with 18 serves and five aces. She also had three blocks.
Malorie Girres had 10 kills.
Lindsay Flaharty stepped in at the setter position and had 33 assists.
“Lindsay stepped in as setter tonight and with great composure,” said Alesch. “She was scrappy to come up with some key digs.”
Petersen and Leah Flaharty each had 13 digs while Tasha Neilson had 12 and Hovinga had 10.
Serving, Hovinga had 22 serves with two aces.
Lindsay Flaharty served 14 times with one ace.
“All players deserve credit for this exciting win,” said Alesch. “We have a few kinks to work out regarding our digging and tips,overhand passing on first ball, and communication. Tonight, we were very proud of this team as they worked together exceptionally well.”
G/T (7-4) returns to action Thursday at Harris-Lake Park.