In a closely contested match, the Lake Havasu volleyball team was denied a 3-0 start to West Valley Region play by Desert Edge on Tuesday night in Goodyear.

The Scorpions defeated the Knights 25-19, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-23.

Despite the loss, head coach Kari Thompson was impressed with how her team competed against a quality opponent on the road.

“It was a really close game. Desert Edge hits the ball really well and they matched us serving wise,” said Thompson. “I thought we did a good job of competing. We were just a few points away.”

Junior Reese Myers had a standout performance for Lake Havasu, compiling 19 digs, 14 assists and five service aces. Thompson commended her for the way she set up of the offense.

Rylinn Smith turned in another strong effort on Tuesday as the junior added 24 digs, seven kills while senior Savannah Senica chipped in with 22 digs and matched Smith with seven kills.

The Knights (18-8, 2-1 West Valley) came into the day ranked 10th in 4A in the AIA rankings. They will take on No. 1 Deer Valley (27-8, 3-0 West Valley) in a home match on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thompson called it the team’s biggest match of the season so far.

“I liked the way we fought tonight and the will to compete. The rest of our schedule is tough but if we play and fight like that, we’ll see who comes out on top,” said Thompson.


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