Vikings displays potential despite hard season
Jaime Cabral / Submitted Photo
The Vikings warming up at the Region V tournament in Sitka.
The Vikings volleyball squad nearly beat the Sitka squad in what head coach Jaime Cabral described as a "heart wrenching" match last weekend during the regional double elimination tournament in Sitka.
Sitka beat the Vikings in the first round but lost to Mount Edgecumbe in its next game. Sitka faced Petersburg again in an elimination game where the Vikings took the first two matches.
"The girls came out on fire. Everything was working," Cabral said. "Passing was phenomenal."
But Sitka hit back and won the third set by two points and took the fourth as well.
The final set for match saw a tie at 11-11 and the two squads continued to battle back and forth. Sitka ultimately prevailed after two Petersburg players let the ball hit the ground thinking it was out but the line judge called it in.
"It was a bittersweet way to end on that one when they played so hard," Cabral said.
The Vikings took home a sportsmanship award.
Sophomore Ruby Brock and freshman Emma Chase earned a Good Sport award given to the kids that showed great sportsmanship throughout the year.
Seniors Paige Beene and Carly Tate earned the All Academic Award-student's whose GPAs are 3.0 or higher.
Cabral said despite some tough games this year his team shows a lot of promise and they've made a name for themselves.
"A lot of other teams know that we're a young team that's growing," Cabral said. "Motivating them to work hard has never been an issue. You prime them up in the right way and they'll succeed."