Lady Vikes win in three
Victory over Rough Rock ends 14 game dry spell
WILLIAMS - The wait is over. Both the Lady Vikings JV and varsity volleyball squads won against Rough Rock Oct. 14.
The JV team won in two games, 25-20 and 25-22.
Head Coach Jennifer Carter said even though her JV girls won, the games went back and forth.
"We'd get a run on them and then it seemed that we would slack off and let them get right back in the game," Carter said. "We really focused, again, on keeping the ball on our side of the net so we got that bump, set and hit."
Carter said Devin McNelly was instrumental in the win, serving 19 for 20 over the course of both games
"That was awesome," Carter said.
Later in the evening, the Lady Vikings varsity squad won in three games, 25-14, 25-13 and 25-16.
Carter said the Lady Vikes were able to stay focused throughout all three games holding Rough Rock to between 10 and 13 point in each game.
"We did get runs on Rough Rock early on and the focus was not to let up and allow Rough Rock back in the game," Carter said. "We said 'go in there and finish the game. Play volleyball the way you know how to play the game.' And, they did."
Carter singled out Cassie Smith for her back row play and strong service game.
"She served a lot of points," Carter said.
Gigi Brown played a solid game at the net both offensively and defensively.
"She got a couple of kills and a couple of blocks," Carter said.
Carter went on to say the whole team played well during the match.
"They really stepped up and played a great game," Carter said.
The Lady Vikings play their final regular season game Tuesday away against Seligman.
The top 24 teams in the power rankings move on to post-season play. Prior to the Lady Vikes' win against Rough Rock, the team was ranked 31.
"I do not think that even by winning our next game, that would put us in a spot to go to state," Carter said. "I think we're going to be done after the next game. But, you never know because there are other teams that could lose. So, it is always in the back of my head and I keep telling the girls that not all hope is lost until after that game with Seligman. We don't know. We have no idea. Got to keep playing. Got to keep winning."