Knight’s Volleyball Season Ends In Regional Quarterfinal
EVERLY – After a thrilling victory in their opening round of Class 1A volleyball tournament play last Wednesday, the season came to an end Tuesday for the Knights of Graettinger/Terril. Graettinger/Terril was shut out in three straight games by Harris-Lake Park in the Regional quarterfinal at Everly by game scores of 25-20, 25-13 and 25-20.
“This was a disappointing loss,” noted Graettinger/Terril Head Coach Teresa Alesch. “The Knights went in fired up and minds set on claiming that victory. In the first game, we played to our potential, but we just couldn’t get ahead.”
Alesch continued, “We gave up a few key serves and fell short on a few key digs with the game ending 25-20. Game two, unfortunately, we just seemed to lose our focus. H-LP started out serving strong and getting a good up came too late for us. We couldn’t get our defense ready in time to set up our offense.”
Game three was a see-saw affair for Graettinger/Terril. “We were up and down, but playing better than game two,” Alesch said. “We were close behind H-LP and were constantly fighting to narrow the gap.”
At the net, Graettinger/Terril was led by Tasha Neilson with 12 kills, while Theresa Petersen added nine kills. Malorie Girres made five kills and Dakota Hovinga added three kills to the effort.
Defensively, Theresa Peters and Tasha Neilson both blocked three shots on the night for the Knights.
At the serving line, Malorie Girres connection on 10 serves with a pair of aces, while Dakota Hovinga had nine serves with an ace and no serve errors. Theresa Petersen added nine serves with two aces for the Knights.
Lindsay Flaharty would hand out 27 assists to her teammates on the night, and on the receiving side, the Knights were led by Leah Flaharty with 14 serve receptions. Dakota Hovinga fielded 12 serves, while Tasha Neilson handled 10 serves, along with Theresa Petersen. Leah Flaharty and Tasha Neilson both dug out seven shots, while Dakota Hovinga and Malorie Girres both made five digs.
“Overall, when our reception allowed us, we attacked strong<" Coach Alesch noted. “And, I was very happy with our hitting.”
“This has been a rewarding season for the girls, coaching staff, and managers,” Alesch added. “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.”
For the Knights, the prep careers of seniors, Theresa Petersen, Malorie Girres, Leah Flaharty and Alex Rehm, came to a close on Tuesday night.
“On a final note, we would like to thank each and every person who supported us this season.” Alesch said.