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Knights find tough going at Alta Tourney

By Staff | Sep 30, 2008

ALTA – The Graettinger/Terril up-and-down volleyball season continued Saturday at the Alta Tournament where the Knights posted a 1-2 record.

G/T came out with a 25-12 win over Cornbelt rival Clay Central-Everly, but the Mavericks won the next two 25-12, 15-8.

“We came out and dominated the first game against CCE,” said G/T coach Teresa Alesch. “Our serve reception was flawless which allowed us to finally run our offense. We were quick on defense and read for all attack angles. Unfortunately, like what is becoming all too familiar to us, we fell apart in our second game and subsequent games.”

The Knights then lost 25-11, 25-12 to Alta beforecoming back to defeat Remsen-St. Mary’s 25-7, 25-21.

Theresa Petersen and Tasha Neilson each had 20 kills for the Knights. Lindsay Flaharty had 43 set assists.

Petersen led the defense with 33 digs while Flaharty had 26 and Neilson had 24.

Petersen led the serving with 22 serves and six aces. Malorie Girres had 17 serves with six aces and Neilson had 20 serves with two aces.

Leah Flaharty had 25 serve receptions while Neilson and Petersen each had 23.

“It is true that we are playing competitive and respected teams in and out of our conference, but we have some internal breakdowns that we just haven’t been able to patch up,” said Alesch. “We’ll just keep working on the small things in practice and go into each new game prepared to fight for the win.”

The Knights (10-9, 4-2) hosts North Sentral Kossuth and Twin River Valley today.