Lady Vikings get a chance to knock in the 'kills'
Lady Vikes take on Northland Prep, Mogollon
The Lady Vikes took on Northland Prep Aug. 21 at Williams High School in a five game match up. Northland Prep made things a little tough for the Lady Vikings during their first game. They won the first game with a final score of Williams 20, Northland Prep 25.
"Our girls just start out slow, the same in basketball. They start out slow and then they get into it and they start playing really well." Coach Kristi Frederickson said.
The girls pushed harder in the second and third game, taking the wins in both games. Final score for the second game was Williams 25, Northland Prep 18, while the final score for the third game was Williams 25, Northland Prep 7. The Lady Vikes swept the fourth game with an ending win as well, taking the win with a final score of Williams 24, Northland Prep 11.
"In those games against Northland Prep, we just had way more endurance than their team did," Frederickson said. "You could tell they were getting more fatigued than our girls were, but they had some real good hitters."
Coach Jennifer Carter said Brianna Schulte played well for the Lady Vikes in the Northland games.
"She played an amazing game. She stood out," Carter said. "She's our middle blocker and she had quite a few blocks and a number of kills."
Matched at Mogollon
The girls played Mogollon Aug. 24 and, unlike the Aug. 21 match against Northland Prep, the junior varsity (JV) team got to see a little action as well, playing two best of three matches.
"What we did with the JV - we had the younger girls play the first match and the younger girls and a few of the varsity girls played the second match," Frederickson said.
The girls finished Mogollon in two matches, according to Frederickson, winning with a final score of Williams 25, Mogollon 22 in the first game and Williams 25, Mogollon 14 in the second game. In the second match-up for the JV girls, final scores were Williams 27, Mogollon 25 for the first game and Williams 25, Mogollon 16 in the second game.
"Alma Hernandez and Vicki Correa both served really, really well in the first match and that's what really helped us out," Frederickson said. "I was impressed. They (the Lady Vikes) looked much better in the match than they had at practice. They played really well."
The Lady Vikes varsity team went up next for a few turns at the net against Mogollon. The ladies ended up losing the first match with a final score of Williams 15, Mogollon 25.
"This was a heartbreaker. We, of course, came out slow in the first game again," Frederickson said.
The girls' fared better in the second game, though not enough to steal the win from Mogollon, who took the game with a final score of Williams 23, Mogollon 25.
"We picked it up quite a bit," Frederickson said. "We basically beat ourselves that first game. We just were not playing like we're capable of playing."
Things got a little better for the third game, however, when the Lady Vikes took their first win against the Mogollon team, with a final score of Williams 25, Mogollon 14. They went on to snatch the win in the fourth game as well, ending with a final score of Williams 25, Mogollon 21, allowing the Lady Vikes a fifth game against Mogollon. The girls' couldn't keep up with the tough Mogollon team however, losing the match up with a final score of Williams 9, Mogollon 15. Varsity games play best out of five, Frederickson said, with the fifth game ending at 15 points, while the prior four played to 25 points. Junior varsity plays best out of three, with the final game played to 15 points, she explained.
"I don't know what happened. We started out really well and then just let it kind of slip away in the end."
One of the standout players in the Mogollon match, according to Coach Carter, is WHS senior Jenise Pettit.
"She had 13 kills, spikes that result in a point," Carter said. "Amanda Bean and Darian Quasula really stood out in serving. They played tough. Mogollon, last year, were state runner-ups, so for us to go five games and to barely lose was impressive."
The Lady Vikes played in Ash Fork Aug. 28 in their first conference game. They go on to play at home Saturday against Rock Point. Games begin at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.