Wednesday, September 21, 2005
MABTON - The Mabton High School volleyball team had trouble pulling itself together Tuesday night in a non-league match-up against Klickitat.
The Lady Vikings lost to the visiting Klickitat team in three straight games, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21.
It was the second straight loss to the Vandals, as Mabton dropped a four-game match at Klickitat last Thursday.
Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza said her team struggled last night, missing serves and offering up a weak defense.
"We created our own problems," Mendoza said.
She added that without serving or defense a volleyball team doesn't have anything.
Despite having trouble at the net, Mendoza said her team still played better than it did the last time the Lady Vikings faced off against Klickitat.
"We played better, but our serving killed us and our defense killed us," Mendoza said.
She added that Klickitat can also be a tough competitor.
"They outplayed us, definitely," Mendoza said.
Stepping up for the Lady Vikings during last night's match was Alida Mendoza, who had 11 kills and 3 blocks.
"She hustled," the coach said of the senior. "She played defense well and did well on her offense."
The coach added that Mendoza, who is captain of the team, also stepped into her leadership role on the court.
"She really worked hard," said the coach.
The Mabton team (1-0, 1-2) will take to the court again this Thursday at Kittitas.