Volleyball team ranks 9th in state tournament

by Cienna Richardson

Orcas High School student

The Orcas Island Viking Volleyball team concluded its season ranked 9th in the state tournament. The Vikings had a solid season with an 18-6 record and were undefeated at home.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the state tournament, the Vikings played Odessa 0-3: 16-25, 20-25, 20-25, followed by a 3-0 win against DeSales: 25-20, 25-17, 25-15. On Thursday, Nov. 9, they concluded their time at state with a breathlessly close game against Liberty Christian, which went to 5 sets.

After being tied 1-1, the Vikings won the next set with a skillful hit by sophomore starter, Sofia Mahony-Jauregui. The following two sets were very close with Liberty Christian winning both.

“That game was so fun, we played really well together as a team and all of our hard work and training showed!” said Mahony-Jauregui. “Our coach [Mallory Balcomb] told us to be proud and that was the best we ever looked playing as a team.”