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Lady Vikings take first place honors in Saturday tourney

PASCO - Things are starting to turn around for the Mabton High School volleyball team. The Lady Vikings brought home a first place finish from this past Saturday's Tri-City Prep Tournament held in Pasco.

Mabton came out ahead after winning games against six other teams.

"It was a nice boost," Mabton Coach Olivia Mendoza said of finishing first. "We got a first place finish and took home a trophy."

Mendoza explained that the tournament was divided into both pool play and bracket play. She said in the morning her team faced off against three different teams in pool play, meaning that Mabton played one game to 25 against each team they faced.

The first team Mabton took on Saturday was the Prescott "B" team. The Lady Vikings won 25-12. The next game of the morning was against LaSalle's junior varsity team, which Mabton beat 25-6. The final team the Lady Vikings took on during pool play was the Tri-City Prep "A" team. Mabton won 25-21.

In the afternoon, the tournament switched to bracket play. Mendoza explained that during bracket play Mabton went up against three more teams, playing a best 2-of-3 to 15 points format.

The first team Mabton faced in bracket play was Kahlotus. The Lady Vikings won the match 15-4, 15-10. During the second match of the day, Mabton beat the Tri-City Prep "B" team 15-3, 15-7. The final match of the day brought Mabton face-to-face against the Prescott "A" team. The Lady Vikings won the match in three, losing the first game 13-15, but coming back to win 17-15, 15-8.

"They played well," Mendoza said of her team. "I was pretty happy with their performance."

She added that her team played well during the entire tournament, noting that they were serving well and were on top of both their offense and defense.

Mendoza said not only was it a great to watch her team play well during the tournament, but it was also nice to have the extra time on the court.

"It gave us a lot of playing time," Mendoza said. "And the more time you have out on the court the better."

The Lady Vikings will take to the court again this Tuesday at home against LaSalle.

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