Vikings outlasted in sub-state finals

By Steve Sell
October 24, 2016

CLAY CENTER — One of the best volleyball seasons in recent Smoky Valley memory came to an end on Saturday when the Vikings lost in the Class 4A Division II Sub-State finals to Concordia.

The Vikes had advanced to the finals with a 25-14, 25-23 victory over Clay Center. Haley Peterson was on fire with 13 kills. Kate Deterding and Halle McClure led in digs with 8 apiece. Steady Delaney Johnson furnished 24 assists.

In the finals, Concordia showed why it was the No. 1 seed with a 25-11 victory in the first set and a much-closer 25-17 verdict in the clincher. The Vikes were held to 11 kills, 6 of them by Peterson. Deterding led in digs with 9 and Johnson had 10 assists.

“It was hard losing the championship match, but Concordia is an extremely talented team,” Smoky Valley coach Christine Deterding said. “Smoky Valley battled hard as they did with every match they played. They are a wonderful group of girls to coach and I'm proud of them and their winning record.”

The Vikings gave quite a run at the magical 30 wins, finishing the year 27-12, including 7-3 in the powerful Central Kansas League