MABTON - The Lady Vikings and the Scots played all-out last night in a volleyball battle lasting the full five sets, with Mabton finally triumphant at the end to notch its first win of the season.
"We had a great match," said Mabton Coach Crystal Garcia. "Naida (Gusby) and Yesenia (Ramos) had their best game of the season."
Every set was up for grabs, with Mabton taking the first two 25-22, 25-23 and Highland snagging the next two 25-20, 26-24. The final set went 15-12 to the Lady Vikings to give the young team a much-needed boost.
"Wow!" said Garcia. "It was fun to watch and very intense."
Gusby tallied 26 assists for the Lady Vikings with three kills and went 14-for-14 from the service line.
Ramos slammed the ball for 12 kills and had 14 perfect passes. She also went 20-for-23 serving with five aces for Mabton.
"I told the girls they were going to have to dig deep and push through every point," said Garcia. "I'm sure their legs are pretty sore today from having to play so many games."
The number of games helped members of the Mabton team rack up some impressive stats.
Lady Viking Cassidy McCallum spiked the ball for seven kills, contributed eight perfect passes and went 5-for-6 serving with an ace.
Mabton's Risa Navarro kept the ball moving with 12 perfect passes and ended plays with five solid kills. She was 6-for-7 from the service line.
Jessica Vazquez also went 6-for-7 in serves, with two aces. She blocked the ball twice and spiked it for one kill. She also passed the ball perfectly seven times.
"Everyone played so well," said Garcia. "They made some amazing plays and didn't let anyone get down on themselves when we made an error."
Alexandra Hernandez had 12 perfect passes and eight kills. She was 4-for-5 from the service line with an ace.
Alyssa Nash topped the team in aces with seven of them in a 9-for-15 performance from the service line. Nash also racked up 10 kills on the night and 10 perfect passes.
The Lady Vikings (1-12, 1-13) will finish out the season tomorrow, Oct. 25, at Zillah.
"That will be a tough game for us," said Garcia. "I just want them to believe they can compete."