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Prep Volleyball: Lady Tigers use teamwork in sweep of Chino

Kingman Academy freshman Kirsta Thomson has shown great signs for the Lady Tigers since stepping into a bigger role. (Photo by Beau Bearden/Daily Miner)

Kingman Academy freshman Kirsta Thomson has shown great signs for the Lady Tigers since stepping into a bigger role. (Photo by Beau Bearden/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN – It’s difficult to find a successful team without at least one star athlete. When the going gets tough, a squad needs someone to lean on.

But that’s not the case for the Kingman Academy High School volleyball team.

The No. 16 ranked Lady Tigers proved that everyone plays an important role Thursday in a 3-1 win (25-10, 25-17, 25-6) over No. 34 ranked Chino Valley (1-8, 1-1 3A West Region).

“We work so well together,” senior Dasani Cave said. “We all have a certain thing that we’re good at it. Then it comes together and it’s great.”

Academy (9-1, 4-0 3A West Region) demonstrated its ability to play team ball from start to finish. There was no one who made a bigger impact than another.

“They played on all cylinders and everyone played well together,” said Lady Tigers head coach Bill McCord. “It was very good. I was very pleased. There were a lot of good things. Nobody gave up on a play. I was very happy about it.”

It was easy for Academy to do that with a comfortable lead for most of match. The second set was the most competitive as both squads battled back and forth. The Lady Cougars took their biggest lead of the night at 8-6, but it was short-lived.

The Lady Tigers rallied back to tie it at 10-10 before scoring five straight points for a 15-10 advantage they’d never surrender.

“Our hitters hit well tonight – they found holes and they were trying some new stuff that we’ve been practicing,” McCord said. “It’s stuff so we don’t get too predictable. Hopefully that pans out.”

Academy is also benefiting from the surprising play of Kirsta Thomson. The freshman found herself with a larger role after Randa Short injured her foot.

“She’s tall, she’s a good blocker and she’s playing well for us,” McCord said of Thomson. “We threw her right into the fire. It’s pretty impressive. She’s doing well all the way around.”

The Lady Tigers are back in action Friday at the Chandler Prep Invitational and then travel to River Valley Monday.

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