Knight Netters Fall In Contests
GRAETTINGER – Slow starts have proven to be a bane to the Graettinger/Terril volleyball team, as they dropped four matches at Saturday’s Emmetsburg Invitational and then lost a 3-1 match to Clay Central-Everly on Tuesday.
On Saturday, the Knights fell to Emmetsburg by scores of 15-21 and 14-21 before falling to Bishop Garrigan 8-21 and 17-21. Against Storm Lake, the Knights fell by 14021 and 7-21 margins before meeting Emmetsburg in the consolation match to lose by a 17-21 and 18-21 margin.
In the tournament, Nikki Brown had 12 kills and Morgan Mortenson added 10, while Logan Clabaugh had four serving aces.
Lindsay Flaharty dished out 12 assists and made 12 digs, while Hailley Nelson added 10 helpers to the tally, along with making nine digs. Alissa Simington added nine digs and fielded 25 serves while Logan Clabaugh dug out 10 shots.
Tuesday the Knights fell to Clay Central-Everly by game scores of 23-25, 25-22, 16-25 and 21-25.
Nikki Brown would tally 11 kills on the night with Ashley Rehm adding six kills.
At the serving line, Morgan Mortenson connected on 17 of 17 serves and Nikki Brown added 17 of 18 serves with three aces and Alyssa Hoffman made 16 of16 serves with one ace.
Lindsay Flaharty would dish out eight helpers and Hailley Nelson made 10. Alyssa Hoffman dug out six shots and Nikki Brown added seven to the effort.
In service receptions, Nikki Brown fielded 17 serves and Lindsay Flaharty had 15 while Alyssa Hoffman handled 13.
“Our struggles Tuesday were due in large part to their troubles attacking the ball,” explained Coach Jeff Sansgaard. “Even though Nikki Brown had large number in kills it came off of 42 attempts. Our size was really what separated the two teams, CCE’s height worked to their advantage on blocks and attacks while the Knights had a hard time getting to their level.”
For Graettinger/Terril, a contest awaits the netters tonight (Thursday) at Lake Park against Harris-Lake Park, before they will play in Saturday’s Ruthven-Ayrshire Tournament.