Lady Vikings have big night at Hawley

 

The Pelican Rapids Vikings traveled to Hawley for a conference match up Thursday, October 5.

In addition to sweeping a tough Hawley team 3-0, Sarah Thompson recorded her 1,000th career assist–with supportive fans waving signs and applauding her when she reached the milestone in  the third set.

Sarah with parents Tim and Kris Thompson, and sister Elizabeth Johnson.

The Vikings came off of a really tough loss last week against Breckenridge. The Vikings did not play our best ball and really struggled getting into an offensive rhythm.

The Vikings had a few days to regroup and were excited to take on the Nuggets.

The Vikings knew they needed to know where the Thompson sisters were at all times on the other side of the net and do their best to run a complex offense around them.

“To accomplish this, we had to pass the ball well to give our setter the option to get all 5 hitters in the offense,” said Coach Heidi Isaman.

Rachel Gottenborg, Kaylie Isaman, Taylor Berndt, and Jessica Weinrich did a great job keeping our offense in sys- tem most of the night and setter Sarah Thompson mixed the ball up quite well.

“We tried to move the ball around as much as we could to keep their blockers moving. When we accomplished this, we went on a few big runs. We also served quite well tonight. We kept Hawley out system a lot in set one which gave us the offensive advantage,” said Coach Isaman.

The Vikings won set 1, 25-17.

Set 2 we did not pass the ball as well and started to give the Nuggets a few unearned points. The Nuggets took advantage and started a 7 point run of their own.

A big block by seniors Weinrich and Morgan Berg got the momentum back to swing our way. Pelican cleaned up some of their errors and fought back to win set 2, 25-23.

“Set 3 we knew we needed to block more consistently, defend the setter dump, and slow down the slide attack from their middle hitter Paige Thompson,” said Isaman.

Adriana Torres picked up her blocking game and the Nuggets started to get out of system again. Weinrich did a great job reading the setter dump that we were having trouble defending in the first 2 sets and outside hitter Grace Johnson did a better job of setting that outside block to slow down the slide attack while libero Isaman and defensive specialist Gottenborg did a good job digging up both Nugget pin hitters. To top off the evening our setter Thompson received her 1,000th career assist with Pelican’s last few points of set 3.

The Vikings won set 3, 25-20.

“I was really proud of how these girls worked this week at practice and came out with a new confidence tonight,” said Coach Isaman. “We worked well as a team and had a lot of fun playing the game. We played very competitively yet were smarter with the ball than weeks prior. I would also like to congratulation Sarah Thompson on her 1,000th career assist.”

The Vikings are currently 14-2 on the season and 3-1 in the conference. They have a big week at home next week hosting Battle Lake on Monday, Staples-Motley on Tuesday, and DGF on Thursday.