MOSES LAKE — Big Bend volleyball picked up a win on Wednesday against Columbia Basin at home in four sets, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23. The Vikings move to 14-8 on the season, and 4-3 in conference play.
The first set went back and forth for most of the way, with Big Bend surrendering a lead late, as the Hawks were slowly able to pull away with the set victory to take a 1-0 lead.
The second set saw CBC jump out to a big lead early on, leading by as much as 12-5. The Vikings were able to claw their way back, and pull ahead in the end to even the match by a narrow margin.
Big Bend managed to stay just ahead through most of the third set, in another back and forth battle between the two teams. The Vikings gave themselves some breathing room late in the set as they pulled away to take a 2-1 lead into the fourth set.
Both teams traded leads for most of the fourth set, with the Hawks taking a three-point margin late, with the score at 20-17. The Vikings managed to come back and tie the game at 20, before pulling ahead and narrowly taking the set and match.
Big Bend head coach Michael De Hoog said he’s been talking to his players about starting strong.
“The theme of the last few weeks has been being intentional about what we’re doing instead of just showing up and seeing what happens, taking control of our side and being proactive instead of reactive,” De Hoog said.
De Hoog said getting better at this all comes down to the mental approach of his team and players, something he intends to work on with them moving forward.
Sadie Nielsen and Elli Rogers stood out to the Big Bend head coach with their play in the match.
“Elli Rogers came up big offensively and defensively,” De Hoog said. “She played fast, really heads up, which is nice.”
Up next for the Vikings is trip to face Walla Walla on Friday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m.