Seventh Time is the Charm for Vikings

By: Rudy Mezzy Email
By: Rudy Mezzy Email

The disappointment of defeat usually only lasts until the next season, but for the Grand Island Northwest Vikings, they've endured the same defeat in the State Championship finals for six straight years and the team said it was almost seven.

Head Coach Diane Rouzee said, "That's one of the best matches I've ever been involved with in volleyball."

Senior Middle Hitter Kaley Werner said, "We were getting down on ourselves in that fourth set and we had to come together as a team in that fifth set to get back on track."

That fifth set would end with the Vikings hoisting the trophy, but they say this win was six years in the making.

"It feels so amazing to finally break this streak and get first for everyone else and not just for us," said Werner.

Senior Libero Niki Broich said, "We definitely wanted to win this for all the alumni that didn't get this gold medal, we wanted to win the State Championship for them."

And after six straight years of losing in the finals, the Northwest Vikings wouldn't let their coach lose this one

"She deserves it so much," said Werner. "She's worked hard for this and she finally got it with our team!"

"There's just so much love and compassion between all of our teammates and all of our coaches," said Broich. "We all care so much about each other and I couldn't ask for a better coach."

Rouzee is also blown away by the play of her team, "How do you describe what those kids just did? It doesn't have a lot to do with me. You can't measure the size of a kid's heart."

But you can measure the relief of coach Rouzee. "Please! Put down somewhere that we won state!" said Rouzee, "It's not a runner up finish!"

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