Spirits high despite Mohawk Valley loss

Brandon Hladik
Sports Editor

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The Hudson Valley volleyball team is staying positive and undeterred by a few losses.

In the past week, the Vikings seized a win versus Southern Vermont and a win against Tompkins-Cortland. Besides that, they have lost three games; Broome, Corning and most recently, Mohawk Valley.

The Mohawk Valley Hawks swept the Vikings with final scores of 21-25, 18-25 and 19-25. Despite the close losses, the Vikings put up a fight.

Sara Luke, middle hitter supplied seven kills and 12 digs along with outside hitter Alayna Fredenburg leading the way with nine kills and five digs. Middle hitter Brooke Tuttle contributed her fair share of five kills on top of 15 total attacks. Lastly, setter/outside hitter Danielle Pardo added three kills and 12 total attacks.

The Vikings are feeling the loss of libero Nikole Zorn. She suffered a concussion two weeks ago in Buffalo from an accidental blow to the back of the head. Concussion protocol requires Zorn to be out for two weeks after she is seen by Hudson Valley’s athletics trainer.

“It’s so tough to watch the team play from the sidelines, especially in the losses when you know you could really contribute something,” said Zorn. “This team is close-knit like a family; they’ve been nothing but supportive and that includes Coach Wilson. I’m hoping to get back behind the net soon, help this team move forward and grab some wins.”

Despite this loss, the athletes are still upbeat and collected. Their attitude moving forward is what will keep them progressing and learning from their mistakes. The chemistry is there, along with the skill needed to get themselves to where they want to be.

For the Vikings, it is just a matter of time before they take control and seize more wins on a regular basis. With this mentality in mind, the Vikings should be able to finish off the second half of their season on a higher note.

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