9/6/2012 6:00:00 AM Lady Bulldogs win two against Lake Havasu Lady Bulldogs host Mohave 6 p.m. tonight
David Bell Today’s News-Herald
LAKE HAVASU CITY - Just like the last time the Lady Knights and Lady Bulldogs faced off, it was a Bulldog win in four.
Playing for the second time in six days, Kingman (2-2) defeated Lake Havasu (1-3) 23-25, 25-16, 25-23 and 25-11.
"We've really been working on our defense and our blocking. When you play sound defense and block, you'll beat a team," said KHS head coach Traci Rosenbach.
Despite the game going back and forth the whole way, it was Lake Havasu that seemed to be in control in the first game, thanks to the work of Rebecca Stoffel in the back row and Taylor Yost and Sarah Casey at the service line.
But in the second game, it was Kingman that was dominant, with Natalie Casson and Taylor Reed attacking from the outside and Rachel Arave's work in the middle.
The third game proved to be the tipping point in the match. Lake Havasu came out strong, with Stoffel and Allie Cooke digging up every Kingman smash.
That led to what looked like an insurmountable Lady Knights' lead, 22-17.
But Havasu couldn¹t hold on and Kingman¹s defense, led by Alison Owen and setter Gabriela Huffer, refused to surrender the final three points to Havasu. Ball after ball was played until the Lady Knights committed an unforced error, allowing the Lady Bulldogs back in. Tied at 22-22, it was three unforced errors in four plays by Havasu that gave Kingman the win.
In the fourth game, Kingman came out strong and dominated from start to finish, no matter what lineup LHHS head coach Marsha Becker put on the floor.
"We just didn't sustain momentum. We should have put a couple of those games away, but you can't win when you give up eight points in a row, then give up another 10 straight," Becker said.
Casson led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 kills and nine digs. Arave had five kills, five blocks and five block-kills, Desirae Gonzalez had five kills, seven blocks and five block-kills, Owen had 15 digs and Huffer had 29 assists and six kills.
Havasu had a glitch with its new stat program, with Yost's performance at the service line - 16 service points with no errors - the only stat available.
Kingman now has back-to-back home matches - tonight against Flagstaff (1-0) and on Thursday against Bullhead City Mohave (0-1).
Lake Havasu travels to Yuma tonight to face Cibola (2-0) then returns to face Yuma HS (0-2) at home Thursday.
Both teams will be in action on Saturday at the annual Mary Jo Goldey Invitational Tournament at LHHS.