Mabton coach finds positives in volleyball loss

photo

An unidentifiable Mabton setter places the ball in position for an offensive attack.

Mabton lost a non-league high school volleyball match, 3-0, last Thursday, but the game scores were a better indicator of the Vikings abilityie than the match score.

Mabton was in every game against a tough opponent, losing 25-19, 25-22, 25-17. Coach Vanessa Medina praised the play of her captains.

“Even though we lost, the girls all played great,” said the second-year coach. My goal coming in was to make sure the teams all get comfortable with my expectations of volleyball.

“I don’t expect us to be perfect, but I expect the girls to communicate, work hard, and celebrate each other’s success. They all worked hard and got to see a little bit of our potential.”

Karina Garzon, a 5-2 sophomore captain, ended the night with 5 aces, 22 digs and 4 kills.

“She played really well all the way around and did great in leading the team with communication,” Medina said.

“Kassandra Hernandez (junior team captain and returning starting setter) did a great job moving the ball around along the net. She also does a great job putting a block up along side our 5’6 middle hitter, freshman Fatima Quintero.

Also returning for the Vikings is 2017 starter Kassandra Vargas who was lost early to an injury. A girl who had a strong defensive night was Mercedes Becerra, a first-year year. 2 Two more starters are sophomore Olivia Zavala and freshman Maggie Magana.

Medina said her girls She said they are anxious for the rest of their season.

“We’re a young team and still have a lot to learn, but we know we can compete,” Medina said.



Comments

Comments are subject to moderator review and may not appear immediately on the site.

Please read our commenting policy before posting.

Any comment violating the site's commenting guidelines will be removed and the user could be banned from the site.

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment