Knights show best against Eagles
GRAETTINGER – After suffering a disappointing 3-1 loss to Ventura, the Graettinger/Terril volleyball team responded with one of its best matches of the season against perennial power North Sentral Kossuth.
While the Eagles still swept the Knights 3-0, coach Teresa Alesch had plenty of praise for her team’s effort.
“This is the hardest these ladies have played all season,” she said. “We ‘finally’ went out with the mentality that every hit had to be hard to keep NSK on their toes. There were some exciting rallies and we were able to steal a few when our opponents were in the scramble. The scores show that we were playing better compared to our recent efforts in the past two weeks.”
The Eagles won 25-19, 25-7 and 25-16. Ventura games scores were 25-14, 25-22, 18-25, 25-15.
“Unfortunately, the Knights passed up opportunity after opportunity versus Ventura.,” said Alesch. “At the critical moments when we needed successful serves, they just weren’t there. We didn’t seem to play hard, and too often, we showed up after it was too late to save the game.”
For the night, Theresa Petersen had 22 kills, six blocks 23 digs and 20 serves with one ace.
Dakota Hovinga had 10 kills and 12 serves with six aces.
“Theresa Petersen showed up at the top of her game versus NSK and (setter) Lindsay Flaharty put the ball in the right spot,” said Alesch. “Dakota Hovinga placed some difficult serves on the NSK court while Leah Flaharty protected our court from opponent attacks.”
Lindsay Flaharty had 29 set assists. Leah Flaharty had 22 digs and Tasha Neilson had 16 digs.
Also serving, Malorie Girres had 16 serves with two aces.
“Overall, our defense was stronger tonight. The blockers slowed the ball down so the back row could start the offense,” said Alesch. “The girls covered the court well and communication improved. NSK came out fired up and we knew if we wanted to stay in the game, we had to match that energy level. The Knights showed that they had some intensity on the back burner and I hope to see them bring this new energy into every match from here on out.”
Graettinger/Terril (10-11, 4-4) is at Corwith-Wesley-Luverne today.