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Havasu volleyball deals Lee Williams its first loss of season

September 12, 2018

It was a nail-biter for the Lake Havasu volleyball team on Tuesday night, but the Knights beat Lee Williams at 25-15, 25-13, 19-25 and 26-24 to hand the Volunteers their first loss of the season.

Two nights ago, the Knights suffered their first loss to Kingman Academy in Kingman in what was a five set thriller. Being that Tuesday’s game marks the first of four home games Havasu will play over the next two weeks, the Knights wanted to come home and make a statement by overcoming an undefeated team.

“It means a lot to us to win this game coming off a loss that was really tough (on Monday),” junior Taylor Thompson said. “(Lee Williams) played Kingman Academy in a really close match (in the Mary Jo Goldy Tournament) so we were really expecting good competition. So us seeing that and then coming out and taking them over is really good for us.”

After taking the first two sets with ease, the game looked to be over when Havasu took a 7-2 over Lee Williams in the third set.

Out of nowhere, the Volunteers caught fire and won 12 of the next 15 rallies to take a 14-10 lead they would never surrender and force a fourth set.

The fourth set started just like the first set did.

Havasu took a commanding 7-1 lead to start but again the Volunteers used short scoring streaks to nudge their way back into battle with the Knights.

Once the Volunteers pulled within a few points of Havasu, it became a point exchange between the two teams until Havasu led Lee Williams 23-20 at the end of the set. The Volunteers gave one last go-hard-or-go-home effort, and managed to tie Havasu at 24-24.

While the fourth set started like the first, it did not end the same as the Knights managed the next two points to end the game and improve to 5-1 overall.

“Coming into this game our teams were pretty evenly matched,” Lake Havasu coach Kari Thompson said. “Teams are not going to give us games. So we’ve got to work on really closing out games and that has kind of been our theme since last year.

“Although I did not want it to be as close as it was, I’m glad we closed it out. The last couple of servers had a lot of pressure on them. But they made good serves to where (Lee Williams) couldn’t get an attack on it. So that gave us a better feel to earn the point and close it out.”

Savannah Senica led the Knights offensively with seven kills and three ace serves. Pierce also had seven kills and notched two ace serves. Taylor Thompson added six kills with two ace serves. Rylinn Smith led defensively with 22 digs and added 3 kills.

Havasu looks to continue winning as it gets back to it today at 5 p.m. when River Valley comes to town.

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