MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings had a tough go of it Saturday night, going up against the hard-hitting team from Riverview High School. Despite having powerful hits over the net, the Riverview team was unable to stave off the Lady Vikings, who finished on top after a five-game match.
The Mabton team came out on top by scores of 25-23, 23-25, 16-25, 25-21 and 15-13.
"We did very well against them," said Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza of her team's performance against Riverview.
Mendoza added that the Riverview team is made up of some tough girls who are able to really hit the ball.
"It was hard to receive their serves and their hits," Mendoza said.
She added that despite the other team's hitting ability, the Mabton girls were able to adjust and stay just ahead of Riverview.
Mendoza said she feels the key to Mabton's success Saturday was the team's persistence.
"They just played with so much heart," Mendoza said. "They never gave up."
And never giving up is what kept the Lady Vikings (3-1) within a few points of Riverview for all five games.
"It was just point by point," Mendoza said.
Overall, Mendoza said everyone on her team put forth a good effort Saturday, including setters Josie Chase, who had 12 assists and 6 kills, and Adriana Cardenas who had 15 assists and 2 aces.
Also helping out the Lady Vikings were Jessica Prieto with 12 kills and 1 block, Alida Mendoza with 8 kills, 4 aces and 3 blocks, Rosa Reyna with 6 kills and 2 blocks, and Michelle Tellez with 9 kills and 3 aces.
"They all played well," Mendoza said.
The Lady Vikings will play again this Thursday at Glenwood. Mendoza noted that this is the first year Glenwood has had a team, noting that in previous years they have combined and played with Trout Lake.