ROYAL CITY - Now, with a 3-8 record, Mabton is showing Coach Marty McCallum the team he always knew it could be.
The Lady Vikings last night defeated Royal 3-0, and McCallum said it was due to playing good, fundamental volleyball.
The first game was a back-and-forth contest between the teams. McCallum said his team would gain a three-point lead and the Knights would battle back.
After a timeout, the Lady Vikings fought and won the game 25-21.
"Our passing, setting...all around we played really well," said McCallum.
He said he was pleased with how Mabton took control of the match.
The second game began much like the first with a back-and-forth, but the Lady Vikings quickly gained the momentum and got into a rhythm.
"We pulled away for a strong finish," McCallum said of the 25-18 victory.
The third game was even more consistent than the first two. The Lady Vikings defeated Royal by 10 points, 25-15.
McCallum said he was extremely pleased his team kept to the fundamentals of good volleyball.
"This was the first complete match where my girls competed the entire match...that's the team I knew I had," he said.
The win was made possible by an overall team effort.
Mabton's Evelia Mendoza provided 17 assists, three digs and was 2-for-2 from the service line; teammate Isabela Ahumada dug the ball from the court three tiems, completed three perfect passes and was 5-for-7 serving; Selina Diaz provided four assists, recorded a kill, had one dig and was 3-for-3 from the service line; Celia Diaz recorded five assists and was 5-for-6 serving; Jackie Cruz spiked the ball for nine kills, scored two aces, had nine digs, blocked the ball 10 times, provided five perfect passes and was 6-for-7 serving; Jazzee Sustaita had six kills, four digs, two blocks, three perfect passes and was 3-for-5 from the service line; Cassandra Madrigal spiked the ball for 10 kills, dug the ball from the court four times, recorded three blocks, provided three perfect passes and was 6-for-8 serving; Samantha Rios had three kills and two blocks; Angela Martinez dug the ball from the floor 10 times, provided six perfect passes and was successful for all eight of her serves; and Adilene Barajas recorded two digs, two perfect passes and was 3-for-4 from the service line.
Mabton tomorrow (Thursday) will host Columbia-Burbank for the final home match of the season.