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Vikings plunder Pirates

The Mabton girls volleyball team took on Bickleton Monday night, beating the Pirates in three sets, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-9.

"We really struggled on our serving," Mabton coach Olivia Mendoza said.

The Greater Columbia "B" league uses rally scoring. Any error results in a point for the other team.

Mendoza took most of her starters out in the first game due to errors and lack of communication.

"The first set was bad," Mendoza said. "Nothing was working."

Still, the Vikings managed to win the first set 25-16.

Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore agrees that Mabton made a lot of errors, especially from the service line, early on.

"Mabton gave us a chance, but we passed the ball very poorly," he said.

"It was kind of a letdown because we had played so well last week," Whitmore added.

In the second set the Vikings played a little better and pulled out a 25-14 win. The starters came back in for the final set.

"In the third set we kicked it into gear," said Mendoza. "Our serves started to go in and we started communicating."

The Vikings took the third set 25-9.

Josie Chase had three kills, four aces and 10 assists for Mabton while Alida Mendoza added seven kills and three aces.

Myra Diaz added six kills and five aces.

Mabton takes on Sunnyside Christian tonight (Tuesday) on the Vikes' home floor. Mabton won an earlier meeting against Sunnyside Christian by a 3-1 score. Bickleton is scheduled to play at Trout Lake tonight and will host the Lyle Cougars this coming Thursday.

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