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Knight Netters Advance In Regional Tourney

By Staff | Oct 28, 2008

SLAMMING IT HOME - Graettinger/Terril’s Dakota Hovinga slams a kill against Clay Central-Everly’s Laura Bruggeman during Wednesday’s Class 1A Regional Voleyball Tourney matchup. - Dan Voigt photo

EVERLY – The tournament trail started on a positive note for the Graettinger/Terril Knights Wednesday night with a 3-0 victory over Clay Central-Everly in Class 1A Regional tournament play at Everly. The win advanced the Knight netters into a Regional quarter-final matchup with old foe Harris-Lake Park tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 28) at Everly in a 7 p.m. matchup.

The winner of tonight’s match advances to the Regional semi-final Friday night, Oct. 31, at Early.

In Wednesday night’s third meeting of the season between the two teams, the stage was set for an all-out battle. The Knights came out more than ready to play and swept the Mavericks by game scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-18. The Knights had a good night at the net and on their defense, coupled with solid all-around play in defeating theMavericks.

Theresa Peterson was a force at the net with 15 kills, while Tasha Neilson had nine kills. Malorie Girres added seven kills and Dakota Hovinga chipped in four kills.

A t the serving line, Dakota Hovinga connected on 12 serves with three aces, while Leah Flaharty made 12 serves with two aces and Malorie Girres had 12 serves with one ace.

Leah Flaharty and Tasha Neilson both blocked four shots on the night and Lindsay Flaharty handed out 24 assists to her teammates in the match. Leah Flaharty and Tasha Neilson both had nine digs, while Dakota Hovinga and Malorie Girres both made six digs and Theresa Peterson dug out five shots.

“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,” noted Graettinger/Terril Head Coach Teresa Alesch. “I am so proud of each of my players from the freshmen through the seniors. They’ve all worked hard preparing for this match. 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.”

According to Alesch, setting by Lindsay Flaharty was very accurate, allowing Theresa Peters, Malorie Girres, Tasha Neilson and Dakota Hovinga to hit hard off of the sets. Leah Flaharty and Keisha Meyer were also cited for their strong digging and serve reception.

“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,” Alesch added.

But, to top it off, we had a lot of support from fans tonight – this really pumped the girls up; it was nice to hear the cheering! C.C.E. is a tough ball club and we knew we had to get it together.”