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Knights struggle through regular season finale

By Staff | Oct 15, 2008

LAURENS – The Graettinger/Terril volleyball team had a rough night in the final home match of the season on Monday.

However host Laurens-Marathon proved better on this night in a 25-18, 25-12, 25-23 win.

“We wanted this match and fought very hard, but unfortunately couldn’t find open spots in Laurens’ ‘D,'” said Graettinger/Terril coach Teresa Alesch. “They were tough to break. Our biggest problem tonight was pocketing our hitters and supporting our blockers – too many balls dropped and we just watched.”

Alesch said her team’s serving and hitting weren’t up to par either.

“To put it simply, we were giving points over by serving or hitting out of bounds,” she said. “On the positive side, the girls played like a team and came up with some excellent digs.”

Theresa Petersen led the Knights with nine kills. Tasha Neilson had five kills and Malorie Girres had three.

Lindsay Flaharty had 14 set assists.

Defensively, Leah Flaharty had three blocks and Petersen, Neilson, Dakota Hovinga and Girres each had two.

Hovinga had a team-high 18 digs while Leah Flaharty had 13 and Neilson had two.

Serving, Petersen had 11 serves with two aces. Neilson also served 11 times with one ace and Hovinga had 10 serves with an ace.

“We plan to focus on these glitch areas in practice as we prepare to bring it all together when we play Clay Central-Everly next Wednesday night,” said Alesch.

The Knights travel to Everly on Wednesday, Oct. 22 to play the Mavericks in the second round of regional play.