Havasu volleyball dusts River Valley for third straight win

September 6, 2018

The Lake Havasu volleyball team rolled over River Valley Tuesday night in three sets at 25-11, 25-8, and 25-17 to improve to 3-0 overall.

This is the third game in a row the Knights have won in straight sets and so far have not lost a set this season.

“The first two games were quick and good,” Lake Havasu coach Kari Thompson said. “Tatum (Liska) led our offense really well. We got the ball up and just swang away tonight. The third set was a little bit closer, but we stayed in control for the most part.”

The service points Havasu earned over the Dust Devils played a big role in the heavy win.

Three players combined for seven ace serves. Taylor Thompson led with three, Liska and Rylinn Smith followed with two.

Offensively the Knights deployed a balanced attack by spreading the kills around to almost the entire roster.

Savannah Senica and Terra Pierce led Havasu offensively with eight kills each. Smith followed with five and also recorded 13 digs. Taylor Thompson added four kills.

Maddie Darrah was the defensive catalyst on Tuesday with 14 digs.

Despite holding a hefty lead in each set, Kari Thompson said her team did not lose focus of what it was there to do — win. The Knights kept attacking and did not stop until the final point of the final set.

“It’s just nice to see a team that takes control and doesn’t get stuck into sloppy play,” Kari Thompson said. “We stuck with our offense and I think the mental focus I saw was good. That is what we always need. No matter who our opponent is.”

Due to and scheduling mix up with the Arizona Interscholastic Association, Havasu’s four-game road trip to open up the season will be cut short. Instead of playing in Kingman on Thursday, the Bulldogs will be coming to Havasu at 5 p.m. for what will be the Knights first home game of the season.

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