Rylinn Smith (14) and Terra Pierce (15) celebrate with their teammates after a point during a match against Yuma Catholic in the Mary Jo Goldey Invitational on Saturday.

The Lake Havasu volleyball team took second place at the Mary Jo Goldey Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Lake Havasu High.

The tournament was won by Lee Williams, who defeated the Knights 2-1 (25-13, 17-25, 18-16) in the championship match.

“I think they showed some good fight,” said Lake Havasu head coach Kari Thompson about her team. “Obviously its point for point there at the end, but the balls at the end were just finding some spots.”

The elimination round matches were best-of-three, while the pool play matches were first to 21.

The Volunteers led 7-6 in the first game of the final before they used an 8-0 run to pull away.

Havasu was never able to wrestle away momentum as Lee Williams won the first game going away by a score of 25-13.

The second game saw the Knights settle in and methodically work their way to a 19-10 lead. Lee Williams was never to get within more than 5 and Lake Havasu forced a third game with a 25-17 win.

In the decisive third set, the Knights continued their momentum from the second game and jumped out a 7-0 lead. But the Volunteers responded, using an 8-1 run to tie the game at 8.

The two teams traded points before Havasu gained the upper hand. Lake Havasu had an opportunity to close out Lee Williams three different times, but was denied each time.

The Volunteers closed the match out with three straight points to win 18-16.

The Knights were the No. 1 seed after pool play and made quick work of San Luis in the first elimination round.

In the semifinals against Yuma Catholic, Lake Havasu was knotted up with the Shamrocks at 2 in the first game before the Knights went on a 13-3 run to open up a 15-5 lead.

Yuma Catholic closed the gap with a 5-1 run of its own, but Lake Havasu rattled off nine straight points to close out the game 25-10.

The second game was much more closely contested.

With the score tied at 10, the Knights scored seven consecutive points to open up a lead. However, the Shamrocks were able to answer back and closed the gap to 1 with an 8-2 spurt.

After Havasu reclaimed momentum and seemed to have the match in hand leading 23-19, Yuma Catholic rang off four straight points to tie the score.

But in the end, the Knights were able to stave off the Shamrocks and closed them out 26-24 to reach the final against Lee Williams.

“I thought we had our best passing game against Yuma Catholic,” said Thompson. “When we’re passing well we get to set our offense.”

Lake Havasu seniors Taylor Thompson and Savannah Senica were each named to the all-tournament team.

The Knights will return to action on Tuesday with a home match against River Valley at 5 p.m. Lake Havasu will play three games in three days next week, with another home match against Kingman Academy following on Wednesday and a road match at Kingman on Thursday.


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