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Knight Netters Battle Back And Forth In Tourney Matchup

By Staff | Oct 29, 2009

GRAETTINGER – The hopes for an extended season came to a tough close last week in a 3-2 loss to Harris-Lake Park in the opening round of Class 1A Volleyball Tournament play.

The Knights would take games two and four by scores of 30-28 and 25-21, but lost 20-25 in game one, 20-25 in game three and 11-15 in the deciding fifth game.

For the Knights, Tasha Nielson would hammer down 21 kills in the match, while fellow senior Dakota Hovinga had 18 kills and Lindsay Flaharty would hand out 35 assists during the contest.

Dakota Hovinga went on to dig out 27 shots on the night, while Neilson made 19 digs and Flaharty dug out 13 shots.

At the serving line, both Tasha Neilson and Dakota Hovinga came away with 20 serves, each collecting four ace serves on the night.

Hailey Nelson would field 21 serves for the Knights and Dakota Hovinga made 18 service receptions.

“The Knights finished a very successful season on a low note with this loss,” noted G/T Co-coach Jeff Stansgard. “We were 1-7 against Harris-Lake Park this season but we were able to bring the match to five games. But, our loss was due in a large part to inconsistent serve reception and passing during the match.”

The Knights finished the season with a 13-15 overall record and a fourth place finish in the Cornbelt Conference with a 7-3 mark.

For the Knights, the careers of seniors Dakota Hovinga and Tasha Nielson came to a close in the loss.

“Tasha and Dakota’s leadership on the court will be missed next year,” said Sansgaard. “They led our team in nearly every statistical category this season.”