Harris-Lake Park 25-25-25, Graettinger/Terril 20-13-20
EVERLY – Tournament time is supposed to bring out the best play, but unfortunately it doesn’t always happen that way.
Cornbelt Conference rivals Graettinger/Terril and Harris-Lake Park met on the volleyball court for the fourth time this season in the Class 1A Regional Quarterfinal in Everly on Tuesday.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the result was the same as the first three meetings-a Wolves’ victory.
“The girls went in fired up and minds set on claiming that victory,” said coach Teresa Alesch. “In game one, we played to our potential, but we just couldn’t get ahead. We gave up a few key serves and fell short on a few key digs with the game ending 25-20.”
Alesch said her team lost focus in game two. Behind strong serving, Harris-Lake Park pulled ahead and won easily 25-13.
“Game three, the Knights were up and down, but playing better than game two,” said Alesch. “We were close behind H-LP and were constantly fighting to narrow the gap.”
The Wolves pulled out the 25-20 win.
“Overall, when our reception allowed us, we attacked strong. I was very happy with our hitting.”
The Knights’ attack was led by Tasha Neilson, who had 12 kills, along with three blocks and seven digs.
Theresa Petersen had nine kills and three blocks along with nine serves and two aces.
Malorie Girres had five kills and five digs and 10 serves with two aces.
Dakota Hovinga had three kills, five digs and was perfect on nine serves with one ace.
Leah Flaharty led the serve reception with 14.
Lindsay Flaharty had 27 set assists.
“This has been a rewarding season for the girls, coaching staff, and managers,” said Alesch. “Despite win or lose, a bond was formed within this team that a loss cannot remove. These girls have always walked off the court with dignity and pride and have represented our school with character.”
Seniors playing in their final high school match were Theresa Petersen, malorie Girres, Leah Flaharty, Alex Rehm and Keisha Meyer.
“And on a final note, we would like to thank each and every person who supported us this season,” said Alesch. “Thank you parents, families, students, staff and community for being there at our last game – it meant the world to this Knight volleyball team.”