Friday, September 23, 2005
MABTON - Everything fell into place for the Mabton High School volleyball team Thursday night, as it was able to battle past Kittitas for a four-game win.
The Lady Vikings put away Kittitas, winning by scores of 25-14, 17-25, 25-21, 25-21.
"We looked good," said Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza. "Things started to happen for us."
She said her team played well both offensively and defensively against Kittitas. Though, she added, that her team was still struggling with its serving.
But, Mendoza said, she thinks what really made the difference for the Lady Vikings last night was the team's tough action at the net and improved communication on the court.
Mendoza said this is the first time since the season-opener at the SunDome that her team has really communicated with each other during the match.
"We needed that, I think," Mendoza said of the added talking happening during the match.
Looking back at Thursday night's performance, Mendoza said she is hopeful that her team has found its groove.
"I think we're getting back in the groove of things," Mendoza said.
Helping the Lady Vikings push past Kittitas were senior Alida Mendoza, who finished the night with 11 kills, 4 aces and 2 blocks; senior Mayra Diaz, who had 6 kills; junior Daniela Aguilar, who had 4 kills and 1 block; and senior Adriana Cardenas, who had 15 assists.
"They played well as a team," Mendoza said of the Lady Vikings. "I was pleased with all of them."
The Mabton volleyball team will take to the court again this Saturday in Pasco to take part in the Tri-Cities Prep Tournament.