KINGMAN - Just a day removed from beginning the season with its second win, the Lee Williams volleyball team suffered its first-ever varsity loss to Ben Franklin Friday at LWHS, 27-25, 25-17, 12-25, 25-21.
The Lady Vols (2-1) defeated Kingman Academy in a back-and-forth affair Thursday at KAHS, 25-13, 21-25, 25-13, 15-25, 15-7.
"It was a fun match to watch," said LWHS coach Traci Rosenbach about Thursday's match. "The Academy has good coaching, and I think they surprised my girls a little."
Cassie Finkbeiner led the Lady Vols with 7 kills, and Madi Arave and Caiti McNiven each had four. Sadie Snay had 19 assists, four blocks and five aces. Marli Lauck blocked five shots, and Khori Cobanovich dug up five balls for Lee Williams.
"I was proud of Game 5 and the way they stepped up," Rosenbach said. "I truly feel I have an entire team full of athletes. They have that drive and want to win."
Getting a win over a crosstown rival continues to be a big thing for local athletes.
"It was amazing," Snay said. "At the end, we're still a team and fought our hardest. We talked a lot and that kept us up."
Abbie Boss led the Academy with six kills and Alexis McDade had five. Breanna Weber distributed 17 assists and Kiersten Kinsey 15. Libero Tara Sherwood dug out seven balls.
"I was pleased with how the girls fought back and competed," said KAHS coach Bryant Morrison. "The building had a positive rivalry feeling. I'd like to thank everyone for the support. That was the largest crowd I've seen at a volleyball game at the Academy."
In the loss to Franklin, Snay led with 29 assists and 21 aces. Finkbeiner recorded six kills, and Cobanovich came through on the defensive side of serves, putting 10 in play.
KAHS (0-1) plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Seligman (1-0), and the Lady Vols host Lake Havasu (4-1) at the same time and day.
Parker sweeps Lady Bulldogs
Kingman fell to 2-3 after being swept by Parker Thursday at KHS. The Lady Broncs upended the Lady Bulldogs 25-15, 25-19, 25-22.
Kingman hosts River Valley (0-4) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.