NACHES - The Mabton Lady Vikings volleyball squad overcame Naches 25-17, 17-25, 26-24, 25-14 last night.
"It was a good team effort," said Mabton Coach Marty McCallum. He said the third game was "crucial," and the Lady Vikings battled with Naches for the win.
"We began the third game down 5-0 and were probably behind the whole game. We finally caught up to them at 22 points and battled back and forth before pulling out the win," he stated.
McCallum said he felt the Lady Vikings (2-3, 3-3) played together as a team for the first time this season, and "...the team appeared ready."
He said the success of Mabton was a team effort. He said the players encouraged one another, carrying each other through the match with excitement.
"The best part was with Trishi Williams," McCallum noted, stating the Rangers attempted to shut her down. "She has had a good year, and she has been virtually unstoppable."
Naches focused on Williams for that reason and McCallum said the other team members were able to capitalize on it.
"They (Rangers) seemed to forget about the rest of the team," he said.
As a result of Naches' focus on Williams, Mabton was able to run the offense off of its other players. "We ran the offense the other way, opening holes in the Rangers defense," said McCallum.
Statistically speaking, he said the result was a balanced offense for the Lady Vikes.
"Typically we maybe have two offensive players, but last night we had six players who were able to contribute," stated McCallum.
He added the line-up changes made last week paid off defensively, contributing to a "good team effort."
Mabton's Heidi Nunez assisted with the ball 19 times, killed the ball twice, dug for it once and was 10-for-11 serving; Kayla Campbell had 15 assists on the night, two kills, two digs, a perfect pass and was 18-for-20 serving; Monica Tellez contributed with eight kills, three aces, nine digs, a blocked ball, seven perfect passes and 16-for-20 at the service line; Crysta Reynolds killed the ball six times, scored three aces, dug for the ball 13 times, blocked the ball five times, earned 10 perfect passes and went 12-for-16 at the service line; Jessica Quesada had eight kills, five digs, two blocks, four perfect passes and was 12-for-12 serving; and Williams earned 13 kills, three aces, 10 digs, eight blocks, three perfect passes and was 13-for-15 at the service line.
Mabton's next match-up is Tuesday, Oct. 7, against Granger at home.