After only facing each for the last month, the Lake Havasu volleyball team finally got to see some unfamiliar faces on Friday.
The Knights hosted Parker, Mohave, River Valley and Kingman academy and played each of the teams in 20-minute sets.
“It’s nice to finally have an opponent on the other side,” Lake Havasu coach Kari Thompson said. “All the girls did their job and played their positions well. It’s a continuous game, so it takes six doing their job. I thought things ran together pretty well.”
While there was no winner, loser or even a score, Thompson was excited about how her team played.
The Knights looked solid on offense as they took control by calling out plays and calling off teammates to avoid miscommunication. Havasu had some misreads on the ball that saw Knights diving for short hit balls only to have the ball roll past them, but that’s expected early in the season for any team.
However, the balls Havasu made contact with were hard hit and the majority of them found the floor for what would have been a kill in a competitive game.
Aside from the few miscues the consensus after the scrimmage was the Knights are ready to get the season started.
Luckily, they don’t have to wait much longer as Havasu travels to Parker on Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the first of four road games to open the season.
Thompson thinks getting things started with the road warrior mentality is a good thing.
“There’s always an excitement at the beginning of the year,” Thompson said. “(The girls) are pumped and ready for the first game. So it’s actually kind of nice we are starting on the road because they’re ready to go.”
The Knights return home for the Mary Jo Goldey Tournament on Sept. 8 and after one more road game at Kingman Academy will enjoy a nice four-game homestand.