Just one week after the Lake Havasu Knights defeated the Parker Broncs girls’ volleyball team 3 games to 1, The Knights were on the receiving end of a drubbing from the same Parker team. They were swept by Parker in three games Sept. 12 in Parker.
The scores were 25-17, 25-21 and 25-11.
The first game was pretty even for most of the way, with the Knights taking an early lead. They weren’t able to pull away, and the Broncs tied it up at 9-9 and then took the lead. With a 14-12 lead, the Broncs pulled away, scoring 11 point for the rest of the game as opposed to five for the Knights.
The second game was the closest. Parker took a big lead early, and led at one point, 17-10. With the score Parker 23, Lake Havasu 15, the Knights started to rally. They rattled off five unanswered points and closed the gap to 23-20. The Broncs closed out the game and won it, 25-21.
The third game turned into a rout. Parker had an 8-0 lead before the Knights got on the board. The Broncs never looked back as they ran away with the game, 25-11.
Taylor Miracle and Terra Pierce led the Knights’ offense with four kills each. On defense, Taylor Thompson had seven digs and Savannah Senica had six.
Taylor Thompson led Parker’s offense with eight kills. Tatiana Cuadras had five, Taylor Ruiz had three, and Kamalani Welch had two.
“We were just a little slow and a little tired,” Knights’ Head Coach Kari Thompson said. “We were not quite ready.”
Thompson said Parker played very well and they were hitting the ball hard.
“This was one of those games where we have to learn to pick ourselves up and face adversity,” Thompson said. “We’ll have to do that soon since we have Kingman Academy Thursday night.”
Parker Assistant Coach Dan Maya said, “We were scrappier today. We got balls we weren’t getting in earlier games. That was something we’ve been working on.”
Maya said the Broncs were coming together and playing more like a team.
The Knights are now 7-3 on the season, including tournaments. Their next outing will be Thursday night, when they face the Kingman Academy Tigers on the road.
The Broncs are now 4-3, including tournaments. Their next match will be Thursday, Sept. 14 at home against the Kingman Bulldogs.