Rylinn Smith (14) celebrates with her teammates following a point against Kingman Academy on Wednesday night.

After sweeping River Valley on Tuesday, the Lake Havasu volleyball team followed with another one on Wednesday, sweeping aside Kingman Academy 3-0 (25-22, 25, 17, 25-21).

“I think they did well and they pushed to spread out those points when we needed to, especially in the last one,” said head coach Kari Thompson. “We needed to rally those last five points to shorten the night and I’m glad they did that.”

The third game provided the most intrigue as Kingman Academy jumped out to an 8-5 lead, hoping to stave off defeat. But, Lake Havasu responded with a 13-3 run to retake the lead and seemingly put the match away, taking an 18-11 lead.

However, the Tigers answered with a run over their own, using a 7-1 run to close the deficit to one and force the Knights to use a timeout.

The two teams traded the next four points, before Havasu closed out the match with the final four points to clinch the sweep.

Just as they did Tuesday in their win over River Valley, the Knights were able to rely on the success of their serves. Lake Havasu combined for 20 service aces against Kingman Academy, led by senior Savannah Senica who had seven.

The Knights were also fortunate the Tigers had trouble with their serves, with a number of them resulting in errors, including the game-clinching point.

Senica and fellow senior Terra Pierce led Lake Havasu with eight kills apiece, while junior Rylinn Smith filled the stat sheet with 16 digs, seven kills and four service aces.

Junior Reese Myers finished with 26 assists and seven digs.

The Knights will play their third match in as many days today as they hit the road to take on Kingman at 6 p.m.

“I think we need to just work with consistency,” said Thompson about the matchup with Kingman. “Let’s finish up this week and push through it and get a win up there.”

Lake Havasu will not host a match until Oct. 1 against Mohave.


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