Herlong takes championship at annual volleyball tournament
The Herlong Lady Vikings eighth-grade volleyball team won the championship at the annual Play Day tournament Friday, May 3. The team poses with its championship trophy in the Westwood High School gym. Photo submitted
May 21 — The Herlong Lady Vikings eighth-grade volleyball team competed in the Play Day tournament Friday, May 3 and came away as champions.
Play Day is an annual tournament for junior high school volleyball teams in the area. This year teams from Westwood, Diamond View, Richmond, Janesville, Johnstonville, Shaffer, Herlong and Greenville schools participated. A different school hosts the tournament each year. Whichever team wins the tournament gets its team name and the year it won engraved on the trophy. This is the first year Herlong has won the championship since the tournament began.
“It was an exciting day for us,” said coach Penny Thiels.
In addition to winning the Play Day championship, the team also had a winning season, losing only one game to Greenville. Thiels was out sick for the game against Greenville and the team attributes the loss to her absence. “They were determined to beat Greenville the next time we met,” Thiels said. The Lady Vikings’ determination paid off, as they beat the Greenville Lady Indians the next time they faced them and again at Play Day.
“I am very proud of my girls … and would like to commend their ability to play as a team. The main reason for our success is the team's ability to consistently serve at a high level getting multiple serves over with each rotation. This was an amazing team to coach both in talent and attitude,” said Thiels.