Tatiana Cuadras celebrates with her teammates following a point in Parker's win over Lake Havasu on Tuesday.

A tight, back-and-forth battle saw the Parker volleyball team pull out a 3-2 win in a five-game match over Lake Havasu to open the 2019 season.

The Knights held a 3 games to 1 lead and led in each of the five games but couldn’t hold off the Broncs.

“Our team finally came together and I’m really proud of them,” said head coach Marie Maya . “[Lake Havasu] is tenacious and their defense is really strong and we had to work extra to get those points.”

In the first game, Parker jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but Havasu fought back and eventually took a 21-19 lead.

However, the Broncs wrestled back the momentum and finished the game on a 6-1 run to win 25-22.

Parker again took an early lead in the second game, leading 3-0. But Havasu quickly recovered and took a 5-4 lead.

With the Broncs leading 6-5, the Knights then went on a 15-5 run to take a 20-11 lead and gain control of the game. Lake Havasu won the game 25-16.

Clinging to a 15-13 lead in the fourth game, Lake Havasu closed on a 10-4 run to win the game and move one game away from a victory.

However, Parker withstood the Knights barrage of service aces and won a competitive fourth set which saw neither team lead by more four points until the Broncs game-clinching point to win 25-20.

The fifth and decisive set saw more of the same back-and-forth action between the two teams and was tied at 12 until Parker rattled off three straight points to close out the game and win the match.

“This was a big win for us, definitely,” said Maya. “They beat us 3-0 at our house last year and we needed to redeem ourselves. I’m going to give the girls the credit because this is something they’ve been focused on this and this is something they really wanted and they accomplished it.”

The Broncs will be back in action on Thursday when they hit the road to take on Paradise Honors at 6 p.m.


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