Art of serve pushes Viks over Wolverines

In the fierceness of volleyball, an errant serve hands a point to the opposition without a touch of the ball. High school coaches beg and plead teams to at least get the ball in play.

The Vale volleyball team served at 96 percent Tuesday night, downing the Idaho Weiser Wolverines in three straight games.

Game one went the way of the Vikings, 25-21 while game two went into extended play before the Viks were able to come away with the victory, 26-24. Game three and the match was all Vale, 25-14.

“Our serving was exceptional tonight,” said Vale coach Shannon Steele. “I was pleased with our play as a cohesive unit. We had great flow, great energy, and great eye work.”

Leading from the service line for the Vikings were Demia Hardin, Emmersyn Johnson, Lexy Rodgers, Maycee Delong, Alisa Fulwyler and Sierra Cleaver. All had 100 percent success serving against the Wolverines, with Delong adding five aces.

Offensively, the Vikings were led by Tyanna Norton with eight kills. Hardin and Cleaver each added four kills. Delong added 27 assists.

Defensively, Vale found Taleah Zuegar picking up 12 digs. Rodgers and Johnson each recorded seven digs.

“I would like to praise the defense of Rodgers, Zueger, and Fulwyler,” said Steele after the win. “I appreciate the focus and intentional play of my hitters.”