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GYPSUM – It was a good night on Tuesday for the Smoky Valley volleyball team as they went on the road to tangle with Southeast of Saline and Halstead, returning home with two straight set victories.

The Lady Vikings began the evening with a straight set win (25-14, 25-17) over Halstead before closing out the day with another straight set victory (25-18, 25-16) over host Southeast of Saline.

“Our girls demonstrated such great effort and energy tonight and showed that they could recover from some mental errors much quicker than what we’ve been able to do earlier in the season,” explained Lady Viking Head Coach Sharlene Ramsey. “

Individually, the Lady Vikings had some outstanding performances for serving as Elyse Ramsey went 14 for 14, McKinley Johnson went 27 for 28, Addie Heitschmidt went 19 for 22, and Kerington Haxton went 12 for 14.

Abby Rose led Smoky Valley in hitting with 12 kills while Bri Franklin posted 10. Johnson led the Lady Vikings in assists with 22.

“We are so proud of our girls and how they have all embraced their individual roles on the team,” added Coach Ramsey. “Our two outside hitters Belle Peters and Madi Tolle give us such a great option to change things up on the right side and they both are very smart players! Avery VanDerWege comes in as a libero and makes some awesome digs and passes right when we need them. Aubrey Boldra comes off the bench and can play both front row and back row when we need her.”

Coach Ramsey concluded her post match reflections by saying, “Our team cohesiveness is starting to be consistent which is exciting as we start to wrap up the regular season and head into sub state! The varsity is now 17-9 so we need to keep things rolling.”

The Lady Viking junior varsity ‘A’ team also split their matches by beating Halstead and then losing to Southeast of Saline, while the junior varsity ‘B’ team won both matches they played.

Smoky Valley spikers will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Central Plains.

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