COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD
MOSES LAKE — The fact that Big Bend went five sets with North Idaho College at the Crossover Tournament earlier in the year indicates the Vikings program has come a long way in a short time.
That being said, the Cardinals (14-7, 2-1 NWAC East) made short work of the Vikings in Wednesday night's NWAC East match at DeVries Activity Center, blasting Big Bend 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 to make a clean sweep.
Sadie Nielsen from Moses Lake had a team-high eight kills and Martina Wilder, a 5-foot-7 setter from St. Anthony, Idaho, finished with 12 assists. But that was about it for the Vikings, who lost the momentum in the second set and didn't have an answer for the Cardinals power game once they got it going.
"We played reactive instead of proactive," Vikings coach Mike De Hoog said. "I thought we had some bright spots, but we lost focus. We just couldn't string enough good plays together."
Big Bend came out swinging. The first set was tied at 15-15, then 18-18, and again at 19-19, but North Idaho (14-7, 2-1), which was an NJCAA national tournament just three years ago until joining the NWAC, caught fire and ran out the first set 25-23.
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