Friday, September 17, 2004
MABTON - The Lady Vikings had a long night Thursday, battling against the team from Klickitat High School. Ultimately, though, Mabton came out on top of the five-game match.
Mabton was able to push past Klickitat by scores of 23-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-13 and 17-15.
"They're a good team," said Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza of Klickitat. "We knew they would be tough and obviously they were."
Mendoza said the Klickitat team was able to cover the floor well and also managed to tip the ball over the net a lot during the course of the night.
"They cover so well," Mendoza said. "No matter where you hit on the floor they are right there."
Mendoza said the key to Mabton's success against Klickitat was her team's hitting.
"Our girls were able to get some nice, strong hits," Mendoza said. "And the serves we did make they had a hard time returning."
According to Mendoza, one of the keys to defeating Klickitat was putting a stop to their tipping.
"They are not a hitting team, they tip all night long," Mendoza said.
And stopping Klickitat's tipping is exactly what Mabton was able to do.
"We just played really well," Mendoza said.
Another thing the Lady Vikings (2-1) had going for them was their tenacity. Mendoza said despite the back and forth nature of the match against Klickitat, her team never gave up. She added that her team was actually down in the last game of the night and were able to come back and put it away.
"They just never gave up," Mendoza said.
Helping the Lady Vikings push past the Klickitat team were junior Alida Mendoza with 11 kills and 5 aces, senior Jessica Prieto with 9 kills and 3 aces, and senior Michelle Tellez with 9 kills.
Mendoza said setter Josie Chase also had an excellent night, with 6 kills, 2 service aces, 30 assists and 1 block.
The Mabton team will take to the court again Saturday at home against Riverview.