Even if the season's still young, the girls on the Valley City High School volleyball team have already proven one thing — there isn't a bit of quit in them.
When the team opened up its non-tournament schedule with a 25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 15-10 loss to Carrington at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, the Hi-Liners came back after losing the first two games, pushing it to a full five-game match when all was said and done.
"It was all teamwork," said senior hitter Jasmine Stevens, who had the kill that sent the match to the fifth game. "We were all having a lot more fun and that just really helps our game."
It was fun that set in gradually.
Early on, it wasn't the best looking game. Carrington used heavy hitting from the trio of Madison Wendel, Nikki Braaten and Kayla Hochhalter to find gaps in Valley City's defense. The same approach worked again in the second game, in which Valley City had the game tied 15-15 before Carrington scored seven straight points to go up 22-15. Valley City eventually made a short run to narrow the lead before the game ended.
But in the third game, Valley City got its defense together and had strong play from its front line, which contributed both blocks and key kills. The two teams went point-for-point with each other and Valley kept the Cardinals from getting any big runs like they had in the earlier games. After the game was tied at 22, Valley City took the lead, and a kill by Dierra Diegel made it game-point. Though Wendel had a tip to narrow the lead to 24-23, Danica Diegel then had a kill to to end it.
Valley City later won a close fourth game, but fell behind by as many as nine points in the final game before working back to lose 15-10.