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A clean sweep

By Staff | Oct 2, 2009

Graettinger/Terril’s Morgan Mortenson battles a Corwith-Wesley-Luverne defender at the net during the Knights win on Thursday. Find more photos at cu.esthervilledailynews.com. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

GRAETTINGER – A balanced attack was the key for the Knights in winning two games at their home triangular against Corwith-Wesley-Luverne and Twin River Valley on Thursday night.

Opening the night against CWL, the Knights were in complete control. They took an impressive 25-5 victory in game one, followed by a 25-22 victory in game two and finally closed the match out with a 25-8 victory in game three.

“We played great all around volleyball against CWL,” said G/T coach Jeff Sansaard. “The Panthers kept the second game close but we eventually caught up with them by improving our serve receptions and overtaking them with our hitting.”

TRV provided more of a challenge, but that didn’t stop the Knights from taking three straight by scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 25-16.

Sansgaard attributes the teams success to a balanced offensive attack.

“Usually we have relied on the offense of one or two players,” he said. “Today the girls were able to spread out the offense.”

Tasha Neilson led the team with 19 kills and 20 digs.

Dakota Hovinga added 16 kills and four aces.

Nikki Brown also added 12 kills for the Knights.

Morgan Mortensen led the team with five ace serves and also had 11 digs.

Lindsay Flaharty set up the Knights attack with a team-leading 36 assists.

G/T will play in the Estherville Lincoln Central Tournament on Saturday.