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Knights volleyball beat Dysart Demons

October 4, 2018

Coming off a couple of tough losses the Lake Havasu volleyball got over the hump with 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 straight set win over El Mirage Dysart on Wednesday.

It was expected to be an even match up. The Knights went into the game 7-3 overall and ranked No. 19 in the 4A conference. The Demons came in 8-3 overall with a No. 22 ranking.

But thanks to hard hits and a heavy net presence from junior Terra Scribner, strategically placed kills from sophomore Ashlyn Tibbets and great serving from just about everybody, the Knights rolled over the Demons.

“I think persevering through games like this and using it as an example going into our next games proves to us that we can play to other teams standards,” Pierce said.

“For our team a lot of the time, when we play a good team we can play at that level too. It’s really just competing the entire game.”

After taking the first two sets, Havasu used the momentum take a 14-8 lead in the third.

From there, the Knights never let Dysart closer than six points before they closed out the game.

While there were not as many ace serves as Havasu is used to earning against teams, its serve was still a big reason the Knights won on Wednesday.

“When we serve tough and control the offense it makes it look like an easier game,” Lake Havasu coach Kari Thompson said. “I think we don’t notice that quite as often but we really did serve tough. (Dysart) really didn’t get an attack at us very often. We’re going to have to continue to do that for the rest of our games.”

With outside hitter Savannah Senica out sick, Havasu got a good look at new rotations with Tibbetts and Paige Oskolkoff and it worked out nicely.

Tibbets led Havasu offensively with six kills. Pierce followed with five and Rylinn Smith added four with two aces.

With the win, the Knights are now 8-3 overall and 0-1 in West valley regional play.

Today at 5 p.m. Havasu will get another shot at earning its first regional win when it heads to Glendale to face Deer Valley.

“I know the girls are excited to see (Deer Valley every year,” Pierce said. “As long as we play like we did today, like getting those rallies and good hits, it should help us win.”

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