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Knights improvement shows at Ruthven

By Staff | Sep 23, 2008

RUTHVEN – The Graettinger/Terril volleyball team swept through its first two opponents at the Ruthven Tournament on Saturday.

However, the Knights are still looking for answers against Harris-Lake Park, losing to the Wolves for the third time this season.

“We played strong in our first two matches against Ruthven-Ayrshire and Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka,” said Graettinger/Terril coach Teresa Alesch. “Throughout the tournament, serving took on a new role in our game and our three leaders, Theresa Petersen, Tasha Neilson and Dakota Hovinga, all put some speed on their serve to make it difficult to return.”

The coach said hitting was inconsistent, but the players attacked with more power.

“However, the Knights were strong at the net and stopped several attacks from entering our court,” she said. “Slowly, the various elements are coming together, but yet with each new match, when two or three skills are at a high efficiency, another-such as our transitioning/positioning and communicating-suffers as it did versus Harris-Lake Park.”

Theresa Petersen led the Knights in four categories with 12 kills, 11 blocks, 13 digs and 18 serves with nine aces.

Tasha Neilson had 11 kills, four blocks, 10 digs and 23 serves with five aces.

Malorie Girres contributed seven kills with eight blocks.

Dakota Hovinga had nine digs and 14 serves with eight aces.

Lindsay Flaharty had 27 set assists on the day.

Graettinger/Terril (8-6, 3-1) is at West Bend-Mallard today.