Knights charge through first round
EVERLY – When tournament play starts, that’s obviously when you want to play your best.
The Graettinger/Terril volleyball team pulled that off with a sweep over Clay Central-Everly on Wednesday. The Knights advance to next Tuesday’s matchup against Harris-Lake Park. The Wolves swept Ruthven-Ayrshire 3-0 in first-round play.
G/T and CCE had split regular season meetings with the Knights winning the conference matchup 3-2 and the Mavericks winning at a tournament, 2-1.
Graettinger/Terril was operating on all cylinders to start its tournament run with the 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 victory.
Coach Teresa Alesch was happy because it was the first time one of her teams had made it through the first round.
“We had a phenomenal evening on the court,” she said. “Everything came together like clockwork for the first time this season: aggressiveness at the net, quickness in the backcourt, strategy in the serves, accuracy in transitioning, intensity on target, and communication was at an all time high. I am so proud of each of my players from the freshmen through the seniors. They’ve all worked hard preparing for this match.”
Theresa Petersen led the attack with 15 kills with Tasha Neilson coming in with nine, Malorie Girres seven and Dakota Hovinga four.
“At the net, all of the front line players were contacting on each play either slowing the ball down, gaining the point, or sending it back for C.C.E. to give it another shot,” said Alesch.
Lindsay Flaharty had 24 set assists.
“Lindsay’s setting was extremely accurate and Theresa, Malorie, Tasha, and Dakota all hit hard off of her sets,” the coach said.
Leah Flaharty and Neilson each had nine digs and four blocks.
“Leah and Keisha (Meyer) were strong in both digging and serve reception and Alex (Rehm) came in and played well,” said Alesch.
Serving, Hovinga, Flaharty and Girres each had 12 good serves with three, two and one aces, respectively.
“Serving was another strength for us tonight. The girls knew where to put the ball and really made it difficult for C.C.E. to set up their offense,” said Alesch.
“To top it off, we had a lot of support from fans tonight -this really pumped the girls up; it was nice to see the faces and hear the cheering! CCE is a tough ball club and we knew we had to get it together or go home.”