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Havasu volleyball takes down rival Mohave in straight sets

September 27, 2018

The Lake Havasu volleyball team took care of business in Bullhead City on Tuesday by beating rival Mohave 25-23, 25-16 and 25-13.

While the Knights started slow, earning a win in the first set got the ball rolling. From there, Havasu stepped on the gas and the Thunderbirds were never able to adjust and catch the Knights.

“The first set was back-and-forth. It was kind of like a sideout affair,” Lake Havasu coach Kari Thompson said. “We just couldn’t really get a lot streaks going in the first set. But in the second and third I think we kind of just controlled the serve and offense completely.”

Havasu did not have as many kills as it has in previous games this season against Mohave.

That was because the Knights were so dominate at the serve with aces that they did not have to attack at the net according to Kari Thompson.

Both Savannah Senica and Terra Pierce recorded seven aces a piece. Setter Tatum Liska had four aces. Taylor Thompson and Ashlyn Tibbets added two aces.

In all, six Havasu players combined for 23 ace serves.

“In the second and third sets we controlled the serve so much we just did not have to attack,” Kari Thompson said. “Mohave is typically a scrappy team but I though Tatum did a good balancing it and keeping us moving. Mohave’s middle blocker had a tough time with our offense. As we strung some serves together it just got harder for (Mohave).”

The win over the Thunderbirds comes in between two tough regional match ups for the Knights.

Last week, Havasu dropped five set thriller by only two points to Peoria. On Thursday the Knights will travel to Glendale to face Cactus (3-6 overall, 0-1 West Valley) and getting the win on Tuesday has the Knights feeling positive leading up to it.

“We’ve had a couple of tough loses so it was just a good win for us,” Kari Thompson said. “The girls really come together as a team. I think we really need that going into Thursday and next week.

“I know (Cactus) is really good. But I always fell like if we can control our side of the court we can play with the best of them. I think we match up pretty well and can be competitive. It is just a matter of whether we can push through, surprise them and get a win. They have not seen us either. So I think we have an advantage there.”

The win on Tuesday improves the Knights to 7-3 overall and 0-1 in West Valley play.

Havasu will face Cactus at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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