Big Bend earns its third NWAC East win defeating Wenatchee, 3-1

The Lady Vikings volleyball team picked up their third Northwest Athletic Conference East Region win of the year on Wednesday night defeating Wenatchee Valley, 3-1.
The Lady Vikings volleyball team picked up their third Northwest Athletic Conference East Region win of the year on Wednesday night defeating Wenatchee Valley, 3-1.

By RODNEY HARWOOD
Columbia Basin Herald

MOSES LAKE — Big Bend got a big hitting night from Sadie Nielsen and Payson Griner. The 5-foot-11 middles combined for 29 kills and the Lady Vikings served up a 3-1 victory over Wenatchee Valley to snap a three-game skid Wednesday night at DeVries Activity Center.

You can't really say Big Bend overcame a sluggish start, but they did flip the switch and balls inches from the floor started coming up, the blocks were stronger, more intimidating, and the kills went down and stayed down.

The team that won more matches in September than it did all last season is starting to like being on the "W" side of the scoreboard and is finding ways to get there more often. Wednesday's match was just one more scrappy way the Vikings found to get it done.

"I think we were reacting to everything early instead of just going out and playing," said Ryana Recustodio, a 5-foot-6 defensive specialist from Kodiak, Ala. "We refocused, just turned the switch and started working hard for everything. We stopped thinking so much and just played."

After a couple of one-sided sets, the match was tied going into a decisive third set. Griner, who finished with 11 kills on the night, tipped a nice ball into open space to give the Vikings a 15-11 lead midway through the third and Big Bend extended its lead to 17-12.

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