Vikings win tourney crown in hard fought matches

The Pelican Rapids Vikings hosted their Pelican Rapids Invitational tournament on September 9. 

After taking 3rd last year, the Vikings were determined to climb the ladder this year and win the home tournament. 

With a lot of hard work and determination, that is exactly what these girls did on Saturday, said Coach Heidi Isaman. 

The Vikings were coming off of a long and weary week and did an amazing job pushing through the fatigue and soreness. The Vikings have suffered a few injuries that have put some big changes in our lineups over the past few weeks. 

“These girls handled these changes with great class and teamwork, and they played hard all day,” said Isaman. “It was a total team effort and a great way to end a big week of volleyball.” 

The Vikings played LPA round I and won both sets 25-9 and 25-20. 

Then they played Rothsay round II and won two close sets with scores of 25-23 and 25-22. 

Round III, the Lady Vikings matched up with Hillcrest and had a great back-and-forth battle to split the sets 25-22 and 14-25. 

Round IV Pelican matched up with Battle Lake and won both sets 25-17 and 25-17. Going into our last round with Breckenridge, there was a three-way tie with Breckenridge, Hillcrest, and Pelican Rapids. 

“We knew we needed both sets to pull off the win and the girls fought hard to get it done,” said Isaman.

The Vikings won a close battle with scores of 25-23 and 29-27. 

“I was so proud of this great team effort displayed today and how hard they worked through many challenges,” concluded Coach Isaman.