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Mabton loses match, but finally wins a game

COWICHE - The Mabton Lady Vikings won their first game of the season at Highland, but lost the match in four sets, 17-25, 25-14, 25-23, 28-26.

The Lady Vikes got their first win, a 25-17 effort, in the first set against Highland this past Saturday.

Mabton Coach Crystal Garcia said her girls had control the entire game. But they faltered in the second game.

"We couldn't get our serves over," said Garcia. "It took us out of our game and we couldn't get back into the flow of things."

The Lady Vikings came back in the third game to battle hard against the Scots.

"We were playing cat and mouse with them," said Garcia. "They took the lead and then we took it. Back and forth. Our own errors hurt us that game."

In the final game, Mabton slid into a 20-10 deficit before rallying to chip away at Highland's lead.

"Naida (Gusby) came up big that game and served six points for us with a couple of aces," said Garcia. "The roles changed and Highland started making errors. We ended up tying the game 24-24."

The teams went back and forth for a few points, and the Lady Vikings finally fell to the Scots 28-26.

Mabton's Gusby gave a 9-for-10 performance from the service line with four aces. She also recovered the ball with four digs.

Teammate Jessica Vazquez was 12-for-12 in serves with three aces. She also managed 12 digs and four perfect passes, and spiked the ball for seven kills.

Lady Viking Alyssa Nash supported her teammates with 17 perfect passes and seven digs to keep the ball alive. She also smashed the ball over the net for 13 kills.

Crystal Cruz went 8-for-8 from the service line for Mabton. Cruz also helped out her team with nine digs and 12 kills.

Lady Viking Yesenia Ramos provided 15 perfect passes in the hard-fought match, with 12 digs. Teammate Risa Navarro had five perfect passes and four kills. Alex Hernandez gave her teammates another eight perfect passes and slammed home two kills.

"We just need to work on being more consistent with our plays and cut down on errors," said Garcia. "Alyssa had her best game of the season with 13 kills and two blocks. I'm going to need her to really step up the next few games like she did today."

The Lady Vikings (0-10, 0-11) will travel to Goldendale on Tuesday to try for a winning match.

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