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November 1, 2013

Vikings ready for semistate

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“I can’t say enough about Jenna (Knepp), Tracy (Graber), Hania (Sisco) and Allison (Hoover) — their leadership this year has just been tremendous,” DeCoursey said. “When they were freshman they were all part of that semistate team and that’s the last time we have won a sectional or have an opportunity to play in a semi-state. Some of our goals this season was to get back to this position and have another go at it.”

In Tuesday’s regional championship win, the Vikings won a close first set, 25-23 before rolling past Tecumseh in the next two sets — 25-16 and 25-14. Knepp had a game-high 34 assists. Sisco had 12 kills, Tiara Kenney had 9 and Graber added 7. DeCoursey thought her team needed to focus in on the defensive errors and mental mistakes that plauged the Vikings in that first set.

“We have been working on things in practice as far as playing smart and quick movement on defense — we’re hoping to see an improvement in that area in the match against Bloomfield,” DeCoursey said. “When we hit this point in the season we need to put everything together that we’ve done all year. It comes back to a little saying we have — ‘we need to keep doing what we’re doing and do it well’ — we’re not going to try to do anything different from what got us to this point.”

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