Mabton falls to Connell in three

MABTON - The volleyball match between the Mabton Vikings and the Connell Eagles last night started out very badly for the Lady Vikes, according to Mabton Coach Marty McCallum. But once his team settled down things improved dramatically but the Eagles still walked away with a 25-8, 25-18, 25-18 victory.

"Things started out really bad but we improved," McCallum said.

He said Connell is favored to win the SCAC this season. He called the Eagles a fundamentally sound team that pushes a lot of offense and plays great defense.

"They are physically taller and stronger than us," he said. "We have to have everything working to be able to beat a team like that."

The Lady Vikes clearly didn't have everything working. Mabton came out flat in the first game and got beat badly. McCallum said his team just couldn't pass and size wise, they couldn't match up with the taller Connell players. A lot of mental mistakes were made.

But the Lady Vikes held their heads up high in the second and third games. Although losing 25-18 in both games, the Vikings improved considerably in those last two contests, McCallum said.

"Once we started rolling offensively and began scoring some points the girls got excited and fired up," he added.

Celina Rodriguez had one dig and one perfect pass for the Vikings. Teammate Isabela Ahumada finished the night with two kills, four digs, one perfect pass and was 6-for-7 on the service line.

Dominique Martinez had one dig, one block and was 1-for-3 serving. Fellow Viking Jackie Cruz finished with three kills, six digs, two blocks, four perfect passes and was 2-for-6 from the service line. Cassandra Madrigal had two kills, three digs and one block for Mabton.

Veronica Vasquez added five kills, three digs, three blocks and was 2-for-4 from the service line for the Vikings. Terryanna Wheeler finished with three assists, one kill, 10 digs and was 4-for-4 on the service line. Melissa Gutierrez had two kills, 14 digs, eight perfect passes and was 4-for-5 from the service line. Jordain Saenz finished last night's play with eight assists and two digs.

Mabton (0-1, 0-2) will travel to Finley on Thursday, Sept. 16, for a 7 p.m. match with Riverview.



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