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Lady Vikes end Joe City Tourney fourth out of 11 teams

Clara Beard/WGCN <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Crystal Heiser sets the ball over the net while Lady Vikes captain Jordan Pettit looks on.

Clara Beard/WGCN <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Crystal Heiser sets the ball over the net while Lady Vikes captain Jordan Pettit looks on.

WILLIAMS - After two days of hard fought games, the Lady Vikes Volleyball team came home with an overall fourth place out of 11 teams during the Sept. 22-23 Joe City tournament at St. Joseph.

Thursday, Sept. 22 was played in a round robin one-game format, and the Lady Vikes played five games.

The Lady Vikes were on fire for the first two games of the tourney, winning against St. Johns, 25-21 and St. Michaels, 25-22.

"We just played really well together," Lady Vikes Volleyball Head Coach Jennifer Carter said. "Attitudes were up, everybody was on their game."

After a long break in between their second and third game, the Lady Vikes went up against Ash Fork, losing their third game, 25-20. Carter said the break could have worked against the girls, slowing down their momentum.

"We just couldn't do anything right," she said.

The girls lost their fourth game against Hopi High School, 25-20, struggling to regain their lost points against a tough Hopi High service game.

"We played a lot of catch up during that game, as we were actually coming back during the end, so it is unfortunate that we lost," Carter said.

Their fifth and final game of the day saw them beating Rockpoint High 25-19, allowing them a bye for the next day.

Friday's tournament schedule set up was a best two out of three games. The Lady Vikes took on Many Farms for their first match up, losing their first game, 25-19, but coming back to win their second game, 26-24 and third, 15-11.

"Jordan Pettit was the standout, she was just on during that game, racking up around six or seven kills," Carter said. "Every one of the girls had a really good serve that game, and overall it turned out to be a great game."

After beating them the previous day, the team entered into their second match up with St. Michaels with confidence, but lost two straight games 25-8 and 25-20.

"Maybe too much confidence," Carter said. "St. Michaels had one girl who had a really tough serve and the momentum just shifted with St. Michaels. They ran on us and kept running on us. We were never able to get back to the game after that one server."

After losing against St. Michaels, the Lady Vikes went on to play Hopi High for third and fourth place of the tourney. They won their first game, 25-17, lost their second, 25-17 and couldn't recover in the third, losing 15-10.

"It's hard when you are down so many points to get them back and to keep fighting, the girls couldn't get it back," Carter said.

But spirits are high in the Lady Vikes camp, Carter said compared to how they played last year, "hands down, they have shown vast improvements."

Show your school spirit and support the Lady Vikes as they take on Grand Canyon High School homecoming Friday at 4 and 6 p.m.

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