MOUNT VERNON — The happy pre-game warm-ups that included a game of Duck-Duck-Goose and a quick Macarena line dance were the first act in a scene that would end in tears and a whole lot of pride.
The 15th-ranked Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes saw their record-breaking season come to an end Tuesday night in the Class 3A Regional Finals at the hands of the third-placed Mount Vernon Mustangs at home.
Mount Vernon won in straight sets, 25-17, 25-10, and 25-18 to advance to another state tournament. The Mustangs (34-5) will face Orange City’s Unity Christian in the first round on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon.
As for freshman head coach Devin Kearns and his Vikettes, they end the year with a 29-14 mark, the second most wins in program history, behind only the 1999 squad. who went 33-9-1 en route to the only state tournament appearance in history.
VS stayed with the Mustangs in the first set, never going more than six or seven points down, before MV retired to win by eight. The second set was a blast, but in the third the Vikettes made a final stand.
Trailing 16-10, the Golden Girls fought back at 16-14, but a Mustang timeout halted the momentum and a final 9-4 run closed the game.
The loss ends the high school volleyball career of an incredible senior class of Brylee Bruce, Jade Coots, Abby Davis, Alyssa Griffith and Ashlie Meyer.