Through the peaks and valleys of Wednesday's volleyball game one thing became clear - Viking volleyball girls won't quit.
The girls waged a volleyball war of epic proportions against one of the toughest teams they will face all season. South Tahoe edged out Dayton in five games and emerged 2-0 in league.
"It wasn't our best playing, but we pulled it off," libero Bailey David said.
There was a moment after the first game when most teams would throw in the towel. Dayton had just dominated 25-16 silencing the home crowd. This is when South Tahoe decided to change its fate. --
"I think it was because we know we're better than that and it pissed us off," middle Drew Norberg said.
Norberg and the Vikings came out with a vengeance in the second game and took control.
They adapted to Dayton's powerhouse hitters with more tips since Norberg wasn't getting her usual number of setups. The game plan worked and the girls grabbed game two 25-22 and game three 25-17.
Meanwhile the Viking's defense took a hammering from Dayton's left hitter, whose hits were coming in faster than any high school volleyball player should be capable of. The Vikings, however, were not deterred.
The blocking combination of Norberg and Emily Gardner is a wall for the Vikings. Together the girls stuffed about 10 would-be kills for Dayton. It was the difference maker for South Lake and the girls headed into game four with confidence and control.
South Lake held an edge in the game when Dayton's best hitter suddenly went down. All energy and momentum was sucked from the gym as the game stopped and everyone held their breath.
As the injured Dayton player limped off, the Vikings looked rattled and couldn't seem to find the groove they used to win the last two games. Dayton took game four 25-23 and the girls headed to the side to regain motivation for the deciding game five.
Their motivation came in the form of coach Dan McLaughlin.
"I told them that Dayton can't beat us, we can only beat ourselves," McLaughlin said.
Whatever McLaughlin said must have work because Norberg opened the fifth game with a hit that would have knocked the tube socks off most girls. Dayton isn't most girls though and they somehow handled it. The girls fought it out until the bitter end when leftside Morgan Kaufer finally silenced Dayton with a deciding kill to give South Tahoe the 15-13 win.
All league games are equally important, but make no mistake that taking down a program like Dayton was a big deal for the girls.
"This will probably be one of the best teams we play all year we won," Kaufer said.
The girls will travel to Lowry on Friday for their third league game at 6 p.m.