MABTON - "Last night's match was good and it was fun...Oh, my gosh!" exclaimed Lady Vikings Coach Marty McCallum.
Mabton last night lost to the Timberwolves 25-11, in the opener, rallied for a 30-28 decision in game two before dropping the final two games to Goldendale, 29-27, 25-10. However, the number two team in the state's 1A division, Goldendale, was surprised at the fight in the Lady Vikes.
"In the first match, (the Lady Vikings) came out and didn't look good," said McCallum. He said he had to pull his team together. In doing so, he explained to them the fact that there wasn't any pressure with the game against the Timberwolves.
"We were expected to lose," he told the team.
Astonishingly, the Lady Vikings returned to the court ready to battle with Goldendale. "They began believing they could possibly win," said McCallum.
Competing for and earning points in the second game built the confidence of the Mabton players. "It was an eye-opener for them," McCallum stated.
He said the Lady Vikings made it difficult for Goldendale, digging up balls and catching the Timberwolves offense off-guard.
"Typically, when the Timberwolves get their offense going they cruise," McCallum commented, stating Mabton's aggressive play and motivation was not expected.
"It was an exceptional game," he stated, saying the match continued with long rallies "...and not a lot of quick points."
McCallum said the two teams were fun to watch and seeing Mabton gain momentum throughout the fight was "inspiring."
"The potential (for the Lady Vikings) became apparent," he said.
McCallum went on to say the third game of the match "could have gone either way." He said Mabton would have further been bolstered had they been able to earn a second victory.
"The other coach even praised our efforts, saying she was amazed at our defense and that the match was the toughest Goldendale has played all year," McCallum recalled.
Of his overall impression of the match, he said he feels as though Mabton won even though they lost. "That's how proud I am of them," he concluded.
The statistics for the Lady Vikings include 13 assists, an ace, a dig and 11-for-13 at the service line for Kayla Campbell; Monica Tellez had five kills, served two aces, dug for the ball seven times, blocked the ball twice, had five perfect passes and was 10-for-14 at the service line; Crysta Reynolds had eight kills, eight aces, six digs, four blocks, 21 perfect passes and was 13-for-15 serving; 15 assists, an ace, a dig and eight out of 11 serves were completed by Corrina Quesada; Jessica Quesada killed the ball three times, dug the ball from the floor 13 times, completed two perfect passes and was 6-for-8 serving; Trishi Williams had 13 kills, an ace, 15 digs, nine blocks, six perfect passes and was 10-for-11 serving; and Mia Rocha had a dig, two blocks and a perfect pass.
Mabton (2-5, 3-5) competes on the floor this weekend at the Spokane Crossover Tournament before next Tuesday's match in Cle Elum.