MARYSVILLE – The Marysville Machine is gaining traction.
The Vikings volleyball team was sharp, disciplined and explosive Tuesday against Macomb Dakota.
You could tell early on, the Vikings were not going to let Macomb Dakota come into their gym and escape with a win.
That determination was the difference in the Vikings five game victory. Marysville claimed the Macomb Area Conference Red Division victory with a thrilling 25-11, 25-18, 26-28, 20-25 and 18-16 victory.
Bailey Bowns had 10 kills and 11 digs, Hannah Delor added eight kills and had 21 service points and Devan Valko had 34 assists, eight digs and four kills.
Mikayla Morgan added 16 digs and Payton Husson had 16 kills for the Vikings (4-1, 28-2-2).
The Vikings couldn’t have gotten off to a better start in the match. They dominated the first game with ease. They scored the first six points of the game and led 10-1 and also 20-6 before winning 25-11.
The Vikings got off to a similar start in the second game. They got back-to-back kills from Husson to start the game and led 8-1 and later 17-9 before dismissing Dakota 25-18.
The Cougars put up a tremendous fight in the third game, despite another hot start for Marysville. The Vikings led 3-0 before the Cougars stormed back to tie it at 4-4.
From that point on, the team’s jockeyed for position in what would turn out to be the momentum swinging game of the match.
Midway through the game the Vikings went on a 6-0 run to take a 17-15 lead but Dakota would not go away.
The Cougars charged back with a run of their own and tied the game at 23-23 before pulling it out 28-26.
The Vikings got off to yet another hot start in the fourth game and led 4-1. But it would be short-lived as the Cougars continued to bounce back.
They eventually went ahead 15-14 and won 25-20.
The fifth and final game was everything you would expect it to be. The lead changed hands nine times and Marysville had three opportunities to close it out.
After the back and forth action, the fifth game finally ended when the Cougars failed to get the ball back over the net.
Tuesday’s game was a battle for second place in the Red Division. Marysville will return home Thursday against Romeo with a chance to take over first place in the division against league leading Romeo.
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