Friday, September 24, 2004
GLENWOOD - For the first time ever, the Mabton Lady Vikings found themselves on the court facing off against the Glenwood volleyball team. This is the first year Glenwood has had its own team. In previous years the Eagles have combined and played with Trout Lake.
The Glenwood team may be new to Mabton's league, but Mabton didn't let them off easy. Instead, the Lady Vikings swept past them, winning by scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-12.
"They looked good," said Coach Olivia Mendoza of her Mabton team.
Mendoza said Thursday night her team's defense looked really solid, and their offense seemed to be on, as well. Playing against the new team, Mendoza said she was also able to play her non-starters, rotating through all of her players during the match.
Mendoza said all of her players looked good Thursday, although she said Erica Sanchez, who is not a starter for the team, did an exceptional job against Glenwood. Sanchez had 6 kills and 3 aces Thursday night.
"I think she did a really good job for us," Mendoza said. "Every set she got to hit the ball was a kill."
Also doing well for the team were Jessica Prieto, who had 7 kills and 4 aces against Glenwood, and Michelle Tellez with 8 kills and 3 aces.
Despite looking good against Glenwood, Mendoza said there are still things her team needs to work on.
"There's always room for improvement," Mendoza said. "I think they need to work on more communication on the court."
The Lady Vikings (4-1) will have a chance to hone their communication skills over the weekend, when they take part in the Tri-City Prep tournament taking place in Pasco Saturday.
During the tournament the Mabton varsity will face off against teams from LaSalle and Tri-City Prep, and the Mabton junior varsity team will play against LaSalle's junior varsity team and the team from Prescott.