Vikings get a healthy dose of winning in volleyball action |

Vikings get a healthy dose of winning in volleyball action

Mired in a slump, there was nothing better for the South Tahoe Vikings volleyball team than a three-game sweep. That’s exactly what the doctor ordered when the South Tahoe hosted Wooster on Wednesday. The Vikings got a hard-fought win over the Colts, 15-11, 15-12, 15-11.

“It was a nice change for us,” senior Jill Barna said. “We needed this win badly.”

The Vikings seemed to come out with hunger for a win.

“We didn’t give away a game, which was nice,” Vikings coach Gary Hankoff said. “But we also made it harder than it was supposed to be.”

The Vikings were led by the strong play of Barna, who hit 100 percent of her serves and played very strong defense, stopping numerous Wooster spikes.

“Jill is playing great on defense,” Hankoff said. “She plays catcher on the softball team so she has the great ability to get in front of the ball. They just don’t get by her very often.”

Rachel Hankoff had 17 service points, along with three kills. Jessica Urreaga had 16 service points in the sweep.

The Vikings allowed the Colts back into all three games as Wooster mounted numerous runs, only to fall short each time.

“We need to learn how to close out games,” Hankoff said. “If we could do that, we’d only have one loss on the season.”

Barna was surprised with how well the visiting Colts played.

“We’re expecting a tough game because they’re a scrappy team,” Barna said. “But they played a lot better than we thought.”

Next up the Vikings is a home match with Galena on Tuesday.

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