Lake Havasu volleyball rallied to a fourth set against Goodyear Desert Edge, but couldn’t keep pace late, falling 25-30, 25-19, 21-25, 25-15 in a 4A West Valley section match on Monday at Lake Havasu High School.
The Knights were never overmatched in the contest, using a gameplan of hitting the ball to deep in the court to keep the Scorpions offense from feeding 6-foot-4 Air Force Academy commit Joi Harvey.
“We were trying to control it with the serve, trying to make sure we didn’t place short shots so they could get quick attacks,” Knights coach Kari Thompson said.
“We were trying to push deeper in the court. I thought we did a good job executing that for the most part, making them push outside.”
Havasu got on top of Desert Edge early in the first set, winning the first three points, but the Scorpions took control during a 10-point stretch midway through the set, expanding a 12-11 lead to 20-15. Havasu was able to chip into the late lead but dropped the set.
The Knights lull extended to the second set, where they fell behind early and looked buried down 21-10 before rallying off 9 of the next 13 points, including four straight on set point to cut the lead to 24-19, losing on the next point.
The third set played out much the same way, with the Knights losing the first five points and eventually trailing 15-8 before ripping off 9 of the next 11 points to tie the match at 17-17.
This time, Havasu was able to keep the pressure on, winning the final four points to take the set 25-21.
“We have to build on those. One set is not enough. One set doesn’t get us a victory. We have to keep pushing and we’ve got to have more energy,” Thompson said.
Desert Edge took command midway through the fourth set, winning seven of nine points to turn an 8-6 lead into 15-8. The Scorpions gave up some of their cushion, but won the last three points, the last coming off a blast from Harvey.
“I think we matched up well,” Thompson said.
“I thought we did a good job getting our kill points and serving, I just hoped there was was a little bit more energy. I think we could’ve pushed those extra five or six points per match and took control of the whole thing. We just didn’t have enough energy to do that.”
Savannah Senica had a team-high 11 kills and 10 digs for the Knights. Rylinn Smith had eight kills and Tatum Liska had 24 assists and a team-best two aces. Taylor Thompson and Terra Pierce each had three blocks.
There’s a quick turnaround for the Knights in a busy week. Havasu will host Glendale Cactus at 6 p.m. today in another sectional match. Havasu lost to the Cobras 3-1 in the Valley last month.
Today’s match is one of three in four days for the Knights and part of a frantic close to the season in the next week.
With three matches remaining — all in the next seven days — Havasu, which entered the week as the No. 20 team in 4A, is looking to remain in the top 24 to secure a spot in the state playoffs.
“It’s the end of the season,” Thompson said.
“Everybody’s in that grind. We have to find a way to push through and push through with energy and want to finish your season strong. There’s no extra games to wait for later. We’ve got to do it now.”