9/13/2012 5:00:00 PM Jacket netters claim consolation title
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BLYTHE — The Palo Verde Valley High School varsity volleyball squad pictured (not in order) are: Summer Schriner, Jordan Girard, Carly Teater, Mercedes Lainez, Haily Chute, Shelby Cyr and Phoebe Cyr.
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE - The Palo Verde High School Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team won the consolation title at the Lake Havasu Invitational Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. The locals posted a 4-2 record in their seven-team pool as they recorded wins over River Valley, Antelope, Yuma and Independence while dropping contests to Kingman and Parker in close matches.
The consolation final pitted the Jackets against Independence where they posted a 21-17, 16-21, and 15-6 triumph in their second meeting of the day. Palo Verde faced Mohave in the first round of bracket play and fell to the Lady T-Birds in three games.
"We were plagued by hitting and serving errors," said Jacket volleyball coach, Emily Chute. "That allowed Mohave to pull off the upset."
The Jackets then eliminated Yuma and Gila Ridge before facing Independence in the final round.
"This tournament was a good learning experience for us," Chute said. "It helped us learn what we need to work on."
Palo Verde entered the tournament without any prior game experience this year. A scheduled game in Needles earlier in the week saw the locals make the trip up river only to have a power outage force a cancellation of the contest. The Havasu Tournament gave Coach Chute a good chance to see her charges show what they could do.
"I was pleased with our intensity, ability to come back, and our improved defense," Chute said. "We need to continue to work on our hitting consistency and composure on the court when things are not going well."
Chute noted the serving of Summer Schriner as being clutch in tough situations and Jordan Girard's 57 kills over the course of the tournament.
Also, the outstanding defense played by Mercedes Lainez and Shelby Cyr who had a 48 percent kill percentage. Carley Teeter was cited for her overall consistency while Phobe Cyr was improved in her passing and defense along with the setting of Haily Chute.
"In the next couple of weeks, we will continue to focus on intensity and defense," Emily Chute said. "If we improve in these areas, I believe our offensive consistency will improve as well."