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Vikings give state champs a tough fight


Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Sophomore Kylie Wallace scores a point for the Vikings Saturday night.

In the first match of this weekend’s play, the two squads were going back and forth leading in points. Ultimately the Vikings fell to the two time defending state champs.

Head coach Jaime Cabral said he decided to try a new rotating defense against Mount Edgecumbe after losing points to short tips Friday night.

“We threw a new defense at them that we’ve never practiced and they (Vikings) adjusted perfectly to it,” Cabral said.

Cabral said the team only lost one point to the tips Saturday night as opposed to the 15 points the night before.

The ability to adapt quickly shows the talent the young team brings to the table. Cabral said Saturday’s first match shows the girls have what it takes to become tough competitors.

“They don’t have a whole lot of experience so they’re getting better at seeing and anticipating what’s on the floor,” Cabral said.

Three freshmen and three sophomores were starters.

The final match scores were 25-23, 25-16 and 25-9.

The Vikings are playing conference games in Sitka this week and a tournament in Juneau this weekend.


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