Lady Horns Win Bronze At Invitational


The Lady Longhorn volleyball team wrapped up its 1999 regular season tournament tour with a third-place finish in the 21-team East Division Invitational held in Holbrook last weekend.

Earlier this season, the Horn netters played their way to a silver medal at the Payson Invitational.

In both frays, it was the Snowflake Lobos which ended Longhorn dreams of a gold medal finish.

At the Payson tournament, Snowflake won the championship, defeating the Lady Horns 2-0 in the finale.

In Holbrook, the Lady Horns broke the winless jinx, taking the first game of the match, but the Lobos came barking back to take the final two.

The Lady Horns opened the two-day tournament in topnotch form, finishing with an 11-1 record in pool play.

The team's only loss took place during a 1-1 split with Ganado. Since last season, the two teams have built a strong rivalry that was heightened when the Lady Horns ousted the Hornets from the Payson tournament during semifinal play.

Payson's record in Holbrook pool play tied the Lady Horns with Snowflake, Ganado and Tuba City for top-seed honors into a single-elimination championship tournament that was played Saturday.

Officials opted to use a "points scored" criteria to break the tie among the top four teams.

Using that method, Payson fell to a fourth-place seed but did receive a bye in the first round of the tournament.

In the second round, the Lady Horns eliminated the Winslow Lady Bulldogs in a 2-1 match win. The victory propelled Payson into the semifinals when the squad lost to the Lobos.

First year Lady Horn coach Sue Weems said she was pleased with the team's play Friday, but Saturday's effort suffered from "mental breakdowns" when the players didn't execute offensively or defensively.

Monument Valley went on to win the tournament title by defeating Snowflake.

With tournament play at an end until post season divisional and state shoot-outs, the Horns will turn their attention to an East Division clash Oct. 5 in Eagar against the Round Valley Elks.

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