The Vikings proved they could play the type of volleyball needed to win on Friday, but are still struggling with consistency.
South Tahoe shook off the doldrums of its recent loss to pick up a resounding 3-0 win against the Sparks Railroaders at home on Friday. The Vikings won 25-17, 25-8 and 25-7.
“The Vikings really set the tone for the kind of game they wanted it to be and never let off the gas,” head coach Dan McLaughlin said. “It was a good win.”
Libero Jade Child set that tone with her defensive work. Her passing allowed the Vikings to have one of the better hitting days that they’ve had all season.
Child led the defense with seven digs and superb passing. Kaila Griffis and Sierra Fulton were a big part of that backcourt success as well.
Setter Raquel Marchesseault made the most of those passes and so did Kendhyl Delacour.
Delacour went 11-for-17 on kills with only one hitting error all night.
The Vikings were finding their mark from the service line as well. Fulton delivered four aces and 12 service points, seven of those unanswered in the second game to catapult the Vikings ahead 12-2.
Errors cost Vikings
The Vikings picked up right where they left off on Saturday, but the match took an ugly turn in the third game.
South Tahoe won the first two games 25-23 and 25-20. The girls then took an early lead in Game 3, but Fallon got eight unanswered points on South Tahoe errors. The Vikings dropped the match in the next three games 21-25, 17-25, 10-15.
Hitting errors were the difference. South Tahoe racked up 33 killing errors by the end of the game..
“They played with a lot of enthusiasm and desire, but as the kids said, the unforced errors were a big difference in the game and it’s something they’re trying to correct,” McLaughlin said.
The Vikings did come away with 42 kills. Delacour had 19 of those.
“Kendhyl had a big game against a very good defensive team,” McLaughlin said.
Griffis added 12 kills and 32 digs, and Child had 41 digs.
The Vikings all served well, only missing 15 serves in five games, but intense rallies dragged the game to about three hours.
“Unfortunately, Fallon won the majority of the long rallies because we ended up making a big mistake at the end of them,” McLaughlin said.
The Vikings are determined to not make those same mistakes next time, McLauglin said.
UP NEXT: The Vikings will play in Lowry on Friday.