Lady Vols combine experience, youth to sweep Lake Havasu

Kristen Finch (7) battles Lake Havasu’s Kaycee Olsen over the net during Tuesday’s match at Lee Williams High School. Finch and Lady Volunteers swept Havasu, 25-16, 25-23, 25-18.

Photo by Shawn Byrne.

Kristen Finch (7) battles Lake Havasu’s Kaycee Olsen over the net during Tuesday’s match at Lee Williams High School. Finch and Lady Volunteers swept Havasu, 25-16, 25-23, 25-18.

KINGMAN – The season always looks brighter when it starts with a win. Lee Williams did that by sweeping Lake Havasu Tuesday at LWHS, 25-16, 25-23, 25-18.

“It’s a great start to our season,” said senior outside hitter Holly McFadyen, who finished with five kills. “We came out really strong and working together.”

It was also Lee Williams’ coach Julia Lasiloo’s first career win.

“It feels good,” the coach said. “Especially against Havasu. They’re not a scrub team. They’re well coached and have a good program.”

It took some time for the Lady Vols to work out their kinks and begin to pull away from Havasu. The two teams were tied 10-10 in the opening set before Lee William grabbed a 15-12 lead and then outscored the Knights 10-4 the rest of the way.

Junior Victoria Logan got the hot hand, landing several kills down the stretch. Logan finished with a team-high eight kills.

“We were a little nervous, but we talked about that at the beginning of the game about overcoming our nerves and conquering them,” McFadyen said. “I thought we did that really well.”

The second set was more of a back-and-forth affair than the opener, and the Lady Vols trailed as late as 23-22. However, behind Khori Cobanovich’s serving, Lee Williams secured the final three points to lead the match two sets to none.

Junior Sadie Snay led the Lady Vols with 15 assists and 11 digs. Madi Arave had eight digs.

Lee Williams controlled the third set and cruised to the finish line with the sweep, 25-18. Ashley Sahawneh led the Lady Vols with five block kills and senior Mya Radler added four.

Sahawneh, a sophomore, began playing the middle over the summer after playing setter on JV last year.

“Ashley has raw talent and getting her to bring that out is the biggest challenge,” Lasiloo said. “She’s just a talented volleyball player and we want to see her blossom into the volleyball player she can be.”

After playing setter, it makes sense Sahawneh knows how to see the court.

“I just read the hitters and that’s how I got my blocks,” she said. “It’s a hard position, but I’m getting used to it.”

It was a good win to get the season rolling, but Lasiloo saw something the Lady Vols need to fix if they want to keep their winning ways.

“I’m disappointed they didn’t talk,” the coach said. “I mean they didn’t talk at all, and that’s when a lot of the things against us imploded. Practice is going to be them literally talking about everything they’re doing when they’re doing it.”

Lee Williams tries to correct its communication problems at Kingman Academy (1-0) at 6 p.m. today. The Lady Tigers swept River Valley Tuesday.