Deer Valley dusts Knights volleyball

October 6, 2018

The Lake Havasu volleyball team had a hard time on Thursday in its 4-25, 4-25, 15-25 regional loss on the road to West Valley opponent Glendale Deer Valley.

The Knights (8-4 overall, 0-2 West Valley) entered a matchup against a Skyhawks team ranked No. 7 out of 47 teams in the 4A conference. Havasu knew from last year how good Deer Valley is, and it expected no different on Thursday.

“We knew it was going to be a very offensive game,” Lake Havasu coach Kari Thompson said. “Last year their offense ran quickly too, so we knew it was going to be hard for us to get our middle block up. (Deer Valley) was very quick and they stayed in control of the offense completely.”

Despite losing the first two sets big, the Knights managed to salvage a decent set in the third.

Kari Thompson said the difference between the first two sets and third was Havasu’s efficiency on offense. In the third set, the Knights passed better, got better swings on the ball and controlled some of the points they earned.

Taylor Thompson led Havasu defensively with three kills. Rylinn Smith added two kills with two ace serves.

The best thing Havasu can do is put the loss to Deer Valley in the rearview mirror as it prepares to travel to Peoria on Tuesday to face the Panthers at 5 p.m.

When the Knights last saw the Panthers, it was in Havasu and the game went to five sets with the Knights losing by two points.

Thompson has been saying ever since regional play started how important it is for Havasu to at least split the series against their regional opponents if they want to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.

“The girls are looking to get that win back from Peoria,” Thompson said. “They look at that last Peoria matchup as a game we could have won and they know we need every game that we can the rest of the way. So I think we just have to regroup and focus because we really need a win on Tuesday.”

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