Lady Vikes get their share of volleyball

YAKIMA - There was plenty of volleyball going on yesterday for the Mabton High School girls volleyball team.

The Lady Vikes took part Thursday in the SunDome volleyball festival. Thursday afternoon's action featured B and 1A schools. Volleyball action will also be taking place at the SunDome this weekend with 2A, 3A and 4A schools.

The Lady Vikes played in the B portion of yesterday's tournament in Yakima.

"Overall, they did a fantastic job," Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza said of her players. "It was a great experience. We had never played in a tournament like this before."

Mabton opened the tournament against NaSelle and had an easy time of it, winning 25-16, 25-19. Jessica Prieto had a nice outing for Mabton with eight aces, five kills and three blocks. Alida Mendoza had seven aces.

Up next for the Lady Vikes was Christian Faith. Mabton also had a rather easy time with Christian Faith, winning 25-11, 25-22. Rosa Reyna had four aces and two kills for Mabton while Prieto finished with four kills and three aces.

This is where the tournament started to get a little difficult for Mabton.

In their third match of the day, the Lady Vikes met Brewster and dropped the first game 25-17. Mabton bounced back to win 26-24 in the second game. Prieto had six kills, four blocks and two aces for Mabton. Mendoza recorded three blocks and one kill. Coach Mendoza said Mabton had a lot of mental errors against Brewster that came into play. She said there were such mistakes as the ball being hit into the net that shouldn't have been made.

The Lady Vikes were then paired with Cascade Christian. Mabton lost a close first game 25-21, but came back in the second game to win 25-17. Prieto had another nice effort for Mabton with five kills and four blocks. Reyna finished with six kills.

Mabton pulled out a tight match against White Pass, winning 25-23, 25-20. Prieto had six kills while teammate Michelle Tellez had four kills.

The Lady Vikes then moved into trophy play against Cle Elum, with the winner playing for third and fourth place and the loser going home.

Cle Elum won the first game 25-23, only to watch Mabton come back and win the second game 25-16. Cle Elum squeaked out the third set 16-14 to move on in the tournament.

"We missed a lot of serves and that hurt us," said Mendoza.

Prieto had five aces and two kills while Mendoza finished with eight kills against Cle Elum.

Coach Mendoza said setters Mayra Diaz and Josie Chase played well Thursday.

The Lady Vikes host Riverside Christian this Saturday.


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