The Pelican Rapids Vikings traveled to Menahga Tuesday and returned home with a 3-1 non-conference volleyball victory over the Braves. “The Vikings came into this match knowing it would be a scrappy battle and that is exactly what it turned out to be,” reported Head Coach Heidi Isaman. “This match up was a great one with many long exciting rallies.”
The Vikings started a little slow as they struggled with their serve receiving. “This caused us to be out of system which increased our error percentage at the net,” noted Isaman. The Vikings made some big plays but just gave away too many unearned points and lost a close first set, 24-26.
“Set 2 we knew we needed to settle down, set our feet, and pass better,” said Coach Isaman. “Serve receivers Morgan Korf (30 digs) and Claudia Gurath (10 digs, 3 kills) did a great job getting us in system and our hitters started to get in sync. Middle hitter Anna Roisum (18 kills, 1 block kill, 6 assists, 9 digs) had a huge night at the net with 18 kills as the Braves had a hard time slowing her down. Setter Ellie Welch (16 assists, 9 digs, 7 kills, 1 ace) did a good job of feeding Roisum and the Vikings won set 2, 25-19.”
Set 3 Arianna Hovland (2 aces, 10 digs) started the set with a great serving run and the Vikings continued to hit well as outside hitter Marie Backstrom (8 digs, 1 ace, 4 kills) had a few key kills to get the offense rolling. “The Braves, however, were also speeding up their offense and our block was struggling closing on their pin hitters,” added Isaman. “The Braves had a few big runs, but luckily earning the point on 2 hard fought long rallies really built some confidence for the Vikings and we won set 3, 25-18.
Set 4 was another back and forth battle. “The Braves found an open spot on our court that they kept attacking as we struggled to adjust,” reported Coach Isaman. “We, however, did answer well at the net. We passed the ball well and our front row stayed aggressive with Right side hitter Zayla Arrow (5 kills, 1 block kill) adding a couple key kills. We also went after them on the service line to get them out of system as much as possible.” The Viking won set 4 with a score of 25-20.
The Vikings host Breckenridge Thursday for a big Heart O’ Lakes Conference match up.