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Mabton gets must win at Lyle

LYLE - The Mabton girls volleyball team was in a must-win situation Monday night when they took the court against Lyle.

A victory for the Vikings would secure a spot in the District tournament.

Mabton got that victory in an error filled match, winning 25-21, 30-28 and 29-27. The Vikings improved their league record to 6-3 and locked in a spot at the District tournament.

During the beginning of the first set it looked as though the Vikings would walk away with an easy victory, taking an 11-1 lead. Lyle, however fought back.

"From there, it got worse," Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza said.

She mentioned her setters were being called for double hits, there was a lack of coverage and too many serving errors.

If Lyle wasn't making more errors than Mabton, the Vikings might have lost the first set but managed to pull it off, 25-21.

In the pull it off, 25-21.

manThe score was close throughout the second set. Mabton held the lead the whole way but Lyle was never far behind thanks in part to all of the Mabton errors. After the score reached 25-25, the Vikings traded points until they came away with a 30-28 second set victory.

The third set started out horribly for the Vikings as they fell behind by 10 points early in the set.

"We started playing a little better," Mendoza said. "We had to come back a lot."

Mabton started to focus better and made things happen. "Our service got a lot better at the end," Mendoza added.

Mabton squeaked out a 29-27 third set win to take the match.

"We really needed this win,' Mendoza said.

Alida Mendoza led the Vikings with 13 kills and 9 aces. Myra Diaz added 9 kills and 4 aces while Daniela Aguilar had 6 kills.

Mabton plays LaSalle in league play tonight in Yakima. The Lady Vikes close out league play this Thursday at Riverside Christian.

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