Lady Vikes spike through tourney
Girls take on Joe City Friday
The Williams ladies had an exciting week recently, both against Ash Fork at home and away as well, where the Williams girls went to compete in the fifteenth annual Joseph City Volleyball Tournament.
The Lady Vikes started off with a disappointing game against Ash Fork Sept. 18, where the ladies recorded their first loss for the season. The ladies took a win for the first, best of five, matches, taking the win with a score of Williams 25, Ash Fork 21. Ash Fork claimed victory in the second game with an ending score of Williams 23, Ash Fork 25. The visiting Ash Fork team won in the third game as well with a score of Williams 18, Ash Fork 25. The fourth game cinched the Williams loss with a final score of Williams 26, Ash Fork 28.
"That was our first loss in our side of the conference," said Lady Vikes Coach Kristi Fredrickson. "But then we went to the tournament and the tournament went really well."
In the Joseph City-hosted tournament, teams played the best two out of three games. The Lady Vikes played in the away games Sept. 21-22 and faced a number of challenging teams, starting with recent rivals Ash Fork.
It began to look like a repeat of the Ash Fork game Sept. 18, with Williams taking a 23-25 loss. The Lady Vikes poured on the effort for the next game, however, taking the win with a final score of Williams 25, Ash Fork 21. The Lady Vikes forgot about their recent loss by the end of the third match, when Williams took the win with a score of Lady Vikes 15, Ash Fork 9.
"We pretty much took control over that third game," Fredrickson said. "Ash Fork had a lot of service errors and things like that during the third game and we just came alive and really wanted it."
Other games during the tournament included a match against Rock Point. The Lady Vikes beat the Rock Point team in two games, as part of "pool" play.
"It was pool play the first day, where you have three teams in a pool and then those teams come in first, second and third place. That puts you into a bracket for the next day and then it's double elimination the second day," Fredrickson.
The Vikes went on to play last year's state champions Joseph City.
"They were hosting the tournament," Fredrickson explained. "They have a really solid team."
The ladies lost the first game with a final score of Williams 19, Joe City 25. Williams came back and won the second game with a score of Williams 25, Joe City 23. In the third game of play, the ladies took the key victory with a score of Williams 15, Joe City 10.
"I saw them play the way that I know they can play. They can talk to each other. They were positive, they were encouraging each other and it was just fantastic," Fredrickson said. "They were so pumped after that game to be able to beat them."
The Lady Vikes took on St. Michaels next, winning the match in two games. Finals scores for the two matches were 25-20 Williams and 25-21 Williams. Three Williams girls also took home a couple of coveted All-Tournament medals by the end of the tournament. Breanne Schulte, Amanda Bean and Jenise Pettit all were honored with medals to end the game.
"They all played well," Fredrickson said. "They all deserve recognition. It was nice for them to taste a victory. In a way it was good that they lost that Ash Fork game, because they needed to be brought down a little bit. If they can stay on that high for the rest of the season, we're golden."
Coach Jennifer Carter said the tournament proved to be a strong morale booster for the team.
"It just goes for their morale and how they feel, it doesn't really go against us," said Carter of the teams' conference standings.
Thanks to their stellar performance, a large trophy now rests in the lobby of Williams High School to honor the girls' commitment to the game.
The Lady Vikes will take on Joseph City Friday night at home as part of this week's 2007 homecoming festivities. Times for both the JV and varsity games will be determined pending homecoming activities, though tentative times are ay 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and varsity at 5 p.m.
The junior varsity girls took on Ash Fork prior to the tournament as well, winning the first game with a score of Williams 25, Ash Fork 11. Williams did not fare well in the second game, however, taking a 25-12 loss against Ash Fork. That loss for Williams repeated in third games as well, with an ending score of Williams 15, Ash Fork 17.
"They came back and then it just went back and forth again. We ended up losing," Fredrickson said.