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Knights’ youth shows at Okoboji Tournament

By Staff | Sep 3, 2009

MILFORD – Graettinger/Terril’s volleyball team struggled through its first night of play at the Okoboji Tournament on Tuesday.

The Knights went 0-3 against other Dickinson County schools, losing 2-0 to Okoboji, 2-1 to Spirit Lake and 2-0 to Harris-Lake Park.

Okoboji won by scores of 21-18, 21-17.

“Against Okoboji, the youth and inexperience showed early on this revamped G/T team,” said co-coach Jeff Sansgaard.

However, he said the Knights battled back from a 20-9 deficit when junior Lindsay Flaharty went on a nine-point run to keep the first game close.

Against Spirit Lake, G/T jumped out and took game one 21-9, led by seniors Dakota Hovinga and Tasha Neilson.

However, Spirit Lake won the next two gams 21-16 and 15-3.

Against H-LP, the Knights stayed close in game two, but fell 21-9, 21-18.

“The Knights slow start was due in large part to inconsistent serve and in struggles for effective passes,” said Sansgaard. “We did many things well and did a a great job of finding holes in the opposing teams’ defense.

“They also seemed to improve throughout the night which is a positive for any young team.”

Hovinga led the Knights with 12 kills, 17 digs and eight ace serves

Neilson had 10 kills, six digs and three aces.

Flaharty had 22 set assists.

The Knights (0-3) host Corwith-Wesley-Luverne next Thursday at Graettinger.