by Max Foster
roundup staff reporter
If Chris Schwind were to retire from coaching today, she would do so undefeated.
That's because the first-year Lady Longhorn varsity volleyball coach's team won its first game of the new season Tuesday evening in Higley.
Although Schwind sports a 1-0 record, she might have had her undefeated record severely tested by Fountain Hills last night (Thursday) in Wilson Dome (results of the match not available at press time).
"(Fountain Hills has) been very good in past years," Schwind said.
One of the real strengths of the Fountain Hills volleyball squads has been that the girls play the sport year-round on club teams.
In preseason drills, Schwind predicted the clash against Fountain Hills, which is a non-regional match, would serve as a good tune-up for the Payson Invitational Tournament, Sept 7 and 8 in Wilson Dome.
In the win over Higley, the Lady Horns opened strong with a 15-3 victory. In the second game however, passing and serving errors led to a 15-10 defeat.
"We had a mental collapse," Schwind said.
Unfazed by the loss, the young netters rebounded for a 15-1 victory and the 2-1 match win.
Following the team's return to Payson, the rookie coach lauded Brooke McRae and Hannah Ludwig for outstanding play.
McRae, she said, had several crucial blocks and kills. Ludwig helped her team with strong serving and hitting.
In junior varsity action, Payson cruised to 15-4 and 15-4 victories. The PHS freshmen also copped twin wins (15-1 and 15-12), making the evening a clean sweep.