Lady Cougars dominate

September 7, 2018

LAUGHLIN ― The Lady Cougars volleyball team continued their success with another win against Indian Springs Aug. 31.

The girls won three straight games in the best of five match, with 25-16, 25-11 and 25-13.

The first game started out close but Laughlin easily took the lead with solid serving by Deztiny Duran, Savannah Santillano and Samantha Sarinana. Fejay Crevier finished the first game.

Jasmine Donnett started as server in the second game and helped the team score the first four points, including an ace. The team scored an additional six points with Donnett as server int he second game.

The third game started out slow for Laughlin. The girls had an early lead but Indian Springs jumped ahead briefly.

Then Crevier went on a serve streak, racking up points, including three aces in a row. She was supported by solid defense and net play by Santillano.

Indian Springs fought throughout the series. Both sides played aggressively, keeping the ball in play for several volleys in all three games.

Coach Bryan Crabtree was happy with the result.

“They did good,” he said. “The first game is always jitters and the second game was jitters too because I put in new girls, but once we got our momentum going, I’m impressed with the way we’re playing.”.

Passing to a target was good, they had nice sets and because passing improved, the team was able to add middle attacks, Crabtree said.

Crabtree was impressed with Faith McGeehan and Donnett’s ball handling from the outside, he said.

While much of the passing was off free balls, which is easy, he’ll be better able to measure where the team needs attention when they face league opponents, Crabtree continued.

In terms of that slow start in the third game, there was still a little confusion with the rotation, Crabtree said.

He simplified it for now but by the end of the season the girls should have it down, he added.

The team will head to the Lake Havasu Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The tournament is a good opportunity to give second string players time on the floor and to help the starters work out any kinks, Crabtree said.

There will be good competition at the tournament and if they can hang with those teams then they should do well against league teams, he said.

The Lady Cougars play Kingman at 9 a.m. on court three at Lake Havasu High School, 2675 Palo Verde Blvd South.

They follow that up with a 9:25 game against Mohave on court four and a 10:40 game against Independence on court three. The last game of the day will be at 11:05 against San Manuel on court three.

Laughlin will face Calvary Chapel in Las Vegas Wednesday, Sept. 12. Junior varsity plays at 3:30 p.m. and varsity at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Cougars will host Calvary on Friday, Sept. 14 for homecoming. JV plays at 4:30 p.m. and varsity at 3:30 p.m.

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