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;Lady Vikings win non-league match in three

MABTON - Everything came together at once for the Mabton Lady Vikings. Monday night, the Mabton team slammed the door shut on Lyle, leaving them without a single game win for the night.

Mabton beat the Cougars by scores of 25-15, 25-12, 25-7.

"They looked good," Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza said of her team. "We played very, very well last night."

Mendoza said her team worked hard on both offense and defense, noting that the serves Mabton was putting up were strong.

Getting off to a strong start against the Cougars in a non-league affair, Mendoza said her team never let up against Lyle.

"They just play until it's done," Mendoza said, noting that her team has learned not to take anything for granted. Mendoza added that although the Lady Vikings never let up against Lyle, they did play with a little added confidence.

Helping the Mabton team push past the Cougars was junior Alida Mendoza, who finished the game with 8 kills, 11 aces and 1 block.

"She did an outstanding job for me," the coach said of Mendoza.

Also working hard for the Lady Vikings were senior Michelle Tellez, who had 8 kills and 2 aces, Rosa Reyna with 3 kills and 1 ace, Josie Chase with 14 assists and 1 service ace, and Mayra Diaz with 7 assists and 2 service aces.

Mendoza said throughout the course of the season her team seems to be playing a little better in each match. She noted that her team is starting to communicate really well on the court and their passing has improved.

The win over Lyle puts the Lady Vikings in a good position going into tonight's last match of the regular season against LaSalle.

Mendoza said if the Lady Vikings win against LaSalle they will go into the league championship competition tied for second place, and if they lose they will find themselves in third place going into the postseason.

. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at eolmstead@eaglenewspapers.com

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