Lady Vikes avenge earlier loss to Riverview

MABTON - The Mabton High School volleyball team exacted its revenge against the Riverview Panthers this past Tuesday for an earlier loss the Vikings suffered at the paws of the Panthers this season.

"I knew we had to play our best for us to beat them," Mabton Coach Marty McCallum said.

He got that from his team as the Vikings beat the Panthers 26-24, 25-16, 14-25, 21-25, 15-12 to help move them into third place in the SCAC East.

Not only did the Vikings beat the Panthers, they did it without some of their key players. One of Mabton's outside hitters was injured during a powder puff football game and two inside hitters were ineligible for grades.

"We made some adjustments," McCallum said. "We were scrambling, but I was proud of the kids."

McCallum described the first game as 'not clean' and a back and forth affair. He said the Panthers didn't attack his team very much in that first game, instead electing to hit junk over the heads of the Vikings players.

"We were backing off, there were mistakes made on both sides," he added.

Mabton escaped with a two-point win in the first game, which gave them the confidence they needed to win the second game.

"We came out and played solid," McCallum said. "Our passing was better and that got our offense rolling. We controlled the game, it wasn't even really close."

Riverview came back to win the third game, but McCallum said he wasn't concerned until the Panthers also won the fourth game, which tied the match at two games apiece.

The Vikings woke up in time for the start of the fifth game. McCallum said his team got its excitement back and used momentum to build a five-point lead. Once the lead was secured McCallum said, "We took care of business."

Celina Rodriguez finished the night with one ace, one dig and was 7-of-9 from the service line. Isabela Ahumada had six kills, 13 digs, three perfect passes and was 12-for-13 from the service line for the Vikings. Crysta Reynolds added 25 kills, three aces, 20 digs, 16 perfect passes and was 13-for-18 from the service line.

Jacqueline Cruz had one assist, five kills, seven digs, two blocks, seven perfect passes and was 8-for-11 from the service line for Mabton. Veronica Vasquez added four kills, one dig and one perfect pass. Terryanna Wheeler had three kills, four digs, three perfect passes and was 8-for-10 from the service line. Melissa Gutierrez added one ace, 17 digs, 12 perfect passes and was 11-for-14 from the service line. Jordain Saenz gave the Vikings 33 assists, three kills, three aces, six digs and was 11-for-16 from the service line.

The win gives Mabton a league record of 5-3 and 5-5 overall. The Vikings will travel to Mattawa today (Thursday) to play Wahluke at 7 p.m.



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