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Lady Vikes slay Warriors

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Mabton Coach Marty McCallum rallies his team in last night's winning match against Cle Elum.

MABTON - The Lady Vikings earned a win over the visiting Cle Elum Warriors last night.

Mabton got behind 5-1 early in the first game of the four-game match, but rallied to keep the ball in play.

"I didn't know what to expect," said Lady Viking Coach Marty McCallum.

He said different players stepped up, surprising him against the Warriors.

"We lost 3-1 to Cle Elum earlier in the season...they have a solid team with great defense," shared McCallum.

He said the errors typically made by Mabton are what he thought would be his team's downfall, but "...last night my team stepped up and made good plays."

McCallum said his team was relaxed on the court and "...we were a different team than on Saturday (against LaSalle)."

After winning the opener by a 25-19 score, in the second game of the match, the Lady Vikings suffered a 25-20 setback.

"I don't know what happened, but we got behind 7-1 and our serve-receive was suffering," McCallum said, stating his team did battle back to within two points.

"But, we quit passing and dropped the game," he added.

To come back for the 25-20 win in the third game, McCallum said he reminded the Lady Vikings to get the offense going.

"We battled back and forth until we gained some consistency," he said of the third set.

In the fourth set, Cle Elum looked to be gaining some momentum. McCallum said the Warriors started a run on his team but he began making substitutions to hold the visitors to 15 points. As a result, the Lady Vikings were able to secure a 25-15 victory, winning the match 3-1.

"We had a lot of blocks...12 of them...and the Warriors were the ones making the errors on the court," said McCallum of the victory.

He credited Lady Vike Monica Tellez for her ability to play from the outside.

"She has a way of finding the open spots, keeps the ball in play and really stepping up," said McCallum.

Tellez had three kills, served an ace, dug for the ball four times, had 12 perfect passes and was 13-for-17 serving.

"We battled all night and not a player went without time on the court," he continued.

Jazzee Sustaita of Mabton also contributed to the team's victory.

"She really took over with 10 kills, three aces, four digs, seven blocks, 12 perfect passes...her game is coming around and she raised the level of the game," said McCallum.

Sustaita was 10-for-14 at the service line and McCallum said she is an aggressive server, with hard, flat serves.

Corinna Quesada of Mabton also had a good match with 14 assists, two kills, an ace, three digs, five perfect passes and 10-for-13 serving.

Perfect at the service line was Lady Vike Terryanna Wheeler. She was 7-for-7 serving, with an ace. She also dug the ball from the floor six times and had five perfect passes.

Digging the ball from the floor 15 times was Mabton's Melissa Gutierrez. She had 10 perfect passes and was 17-for-18 at the service line.

"It was a good night for the entire team," said McCallum.

Mabton (2-6, 3-7) will face the Leopards in Zillah tomorrow (Thursday).

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