By William for

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

CLAY CENTER – The Smoky Valley volleyball team went north on Tuesday to play in a triangular at Clay Center and returned home with a clean sweep for the day.

For the Lady Viking varsity, it took three sets to knock off host Clay Center after stumbling in the second set (25-16, 15-25, 25-16) to start the day before taking down Hoisington in a true battle of straight sets (25-22, 25-16).

Among the team leaders were Bri Franklin who led the Lady Vikings with eight digs while completing 20 successful passes in serve receive plus five blocks. McKinley Johnson served 41 successful serves which included five aces while Addie Heitschmidt posted four ace serves of the 24 successful serves that she completed.

In the attack game, Abby Rose and Kerington Haxton finished the night with 11 kills each while Franklin was right behind with nine. The hitters were assisted by McKinley Johnson who posted 20 assists for the night while Elyse Ramsey had 18.

“I thought we played very well as a team tonight,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Sharlene Ramsey during her post-match reflections. “We have spent some time in practice talking about positive energy, mental toughness and being a good teammate to others. Tonight, was a testament to the intentional work we’ve been focused on and we are so proud of how the girls battled through some rough play at times to pull of the two wins.”

The Lady Viking junior varsity split their pair of matches, losing in straight sets to Clay Center (11-25, 14-25) before bouncing back to defeat Hoisington in straight sets (25-11, 25-22).

Hoisington defeated Smoky Valley in a ‘C’ game (25-16, 25-14).

While the Lady Viking varsity will not return to action until Tuesday, October 1 when they travel to Haven, the junior varsity will be busy on Saturday at the Minneapolis Invitational.

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