HESSTON -- There won’t be any nights off in the Central Kansas League for Smoky Valley High School. Especially when the league schedule starts with two of the best teams.
The Vikings, battling youth and inexperience, were handled by Hesston and Nickerson in straight sets Tuesday in Hesston. While there weren't many moments of celebration for Smoky Valley, each game serves as an opportunity to get better.
“Tonight may have been frustrating, but the girls are always improving,” head coach Krissa Dearden said. “They lost five starters from last year and are still trying to find themselves on the court and what works best for them. It’s also hard going against the best teams in the league at the start of the year, back to back, but they are keeping their heads up.”
Smoky Valley tangled with Hesston to start the triangular. Hesston scored the first eight points of the first set and led by as many as 16 before taking the first set 25-7.
It was much of the same in the second set as Hesston jumped out to a 10-3 lead. The Vikings played better in the second set, but Hesston still ran away with the set, and the match, 25-10.
Nickerson displayed dominance as well, winning a pair of similar sets 25-11, 25-11 over Smoky Valley.
The Vikings will get a few days of practice before their next tournament. Dearden said they will continue to work on the small things in order to get better.
“They are continually improving,” Dearden said. “We’re working on reminding the girls, things will get easier after tonight hopefully.”
The Vikings are now 1-9 and next hit the court on Saturday in the Southeast of Saline Invitational.
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