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A bittersweet day for Knights

By Staff | Oct 6, 2009

Graettinger/Terril’s Lindsay Flaharty sets up her teammates at the ELC Tourney Saturday. EDN photo by David Swartz

The Graettinger/Terril volleyball team looked forward to a good day after opening with a three-set victory over tournament host Estherville Lincoln Central on Saturday.

But the Knights couldn’t come up with enough plays in a 2-0 loss to Sioux City West and a 2-1 loss to Laurens-Marathon.

“We started the day with a huge victory over the host Estherville,” said G/T coach Jeff Sansgaard. “It looked like early that we were the team to beat, however, inconsistent play and errors in the second game against Sioux City West and struggles setting up an offense in the third match held us to 1-2 on the day.”

The Knights scores over ELC were 20-22, 22-20, 15-11 before losing 21-13, 21-17 to Sioux City West. G/T struggled against Laurens-Marathon, dropping game one 21-12 before rallying to win the second 21-19. The Chargers took control in the final game winning 15-7.

Tasha Neilson had a team-high 16 kills on the day long with 24 digs. She also had 15 serves with two aces.

Nikki Brown was second in kills with 10.

Neilson and Brown each had three blocks.

Dakota Hovinga and Morgan Mortenson each had seven kills.

Hovinga led the back-row defense with 26 digs. She also served 39 times with four aces and had 48 successful serve receptions.

Mortenson had 26 serves with four aces.

Lindsay Flaharty had 31 set assists along with 13 digs.

“We look to find consistency in the upcoming weeks to be ready for regional play but were pleased with their victory today showing that they can play with anyone,” said Sansgaard.

Graettinger/Terril returns to action Thursday when Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka and Armstrong-Ringsted both come to Graettinger.