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Lady Vikings lose to Riverside Christian

MABTON - The Mabton High School varsity volleyball team lost in three straight to the team from Riverside Christian High School this past Saturday.

The Lady Vikings fell to the visiting Riverside Christian team by 25-17, 25-17 and 25-22 scores. It was the league opener for both schools.

Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza said the Lady Vikings weren't able to get anything going Saturday. She noted that the Mabton team wasn't able to put any plays together against the Lady Crusaders.

On the other hand, Mendoza said Riverside Christian had some good serves and was hitting the ball hard against the Lady Vikes.

"They were just a little tough for us," Mendoza said.

She added that after Saturday's performance she has decided that serve-receives are something her team is going to have to work on.

Despite falling short against the Riverside Christian team, Mendoza said there were several players who helped the Mabton team stand its ground. Junior Alida Mendoza and senior Jessica Prieto were always in the right place to receive the ball.

"She played tough at the net," the coach said of Mendoza, who had six blocks and two kills during the match.

Mendoza said Prieto also played well at the net, adding three blocks and four kills to the team's stat sheet.

Mayra Diaz was another player who stepped up Saturday.

"She's a solid player all the way around," Mendoza said of Diaz, who had 13 assists Saturday.

Also helping the Lady Vikings was sophomore Josie Chase, who had 20 assists.

The Lady Vikings (0-1) will take to the court again this Tuesday in Mabton against the Sunnyside Christian High School team.

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