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Improved serving helps propel Mabton to second league win

MABTON - It was another victory against Wahluke for the Mabton volleyball team last night.

The two teams met Sept. 20 and Mabton was able to secure a victory then. Last night's win boosted the Lady Vikes' league record to 2-7.

Although Mabton Coach Marty McCallum is pleased with the victory, he has a great deal of respect for the Warriors, who have been struggling this season.

"We'll take the win, but I would have liked to have seen the girls play more to their ability," said McCallum.

He said the Lady Vikings didn't perform as well as they could have. Instead, his team played at a level similar to Wahluke.

"Sometimes you quit doing what makes you a better team when playing a team that is struggling," McCallum explained.

It was difficult to get a good offense going, though. He said Wahluke gave Mabton a lot of free balls.

"I also would have liked to have seen a little more attack," said McCallum.

However, serving was highly improved from earlier this season. The Lady Vikings only missed five serves on the night.

"Our serve receives, an Achilles heel this season, were also decent...we've been plagued by them most of the season," said McCallum.

In past seasons, he said, the team has not had many offensive contributors. He said he is pleased that there is a greater number of players contributing this season.

"We just need some improvements and some aggression," said McCallum.

Statistically, the Lady Vikings had a total of 20 kills made possible by Isabela Ahumada (1), Jackie Cruz (3), Jazzee Sustaita (5), Cassandra Madrigal (8) and Samantha Rios (3).

Cruz had three perfect passes and was 8-for-9 from the service line. She also dug seven balls from the floor.

Sustaita had one perfect pass, was successful at all eight serving attempts and had three digs.

Ahumada was perfect at serving 12 times, had a dig and an ace, while Madrigal had three aces and was 11-for-13 from the service line.

Rios had two successful blocks.

Evelia Mendoza provided 10 assists and was 3-for-3 serving. Teammate Selina Diaz was also 3-for-3 from the service line and provided three assists, while her sister Celia provided six assists, a kill, two aces and was 5-for-6 serving.

Angela Martinez had two aces, dug the ball from the floor five times, had four perfect passes and was 9-for-9 from the service line.

Mabton will tomorrow (Saturday) participate in the Zillah Invitational.

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