by Max Foster
roundup staff reporter
Today (Tuesday) in Wilson Dome, the Lady Longhorn volleyball team will try to put an end to the season-long hex the Snowflake Lobos have had over the Rim netters.
Game times are 4:30 p.m. (frosh), 5:30 p.m. (jayvee) and 6:30 p.m. (varsity).
In regular season play and tournaments, the Horns have not been able to derail the hard-charging Lobo express that appears bound for the East region championship.
Snowflake's dominance hasn't tempered first-year coach Chris Schwind's enthusiasm for her team.
If the team "comes out strong, ready to play and has confidence," it is capable of beating East rivals, Coach Schwind said.
Evidence that the team is plenty capable of winning occurred Sept. 27. in 15-0 and 15-11 wins over Alchesay.
Contested in Alchesay, the contest saw Hanna Ludwig, Rachel Ray and Brooke McRae pace the Horns to the easy victories.
On the junior varsity front, Terri Pete drew praise from coaches for her contributions to Payson's come from behind match win.
The Horns lost the first game 15-8 but rebounded to win the second two clashes 15-1 and 15-8.
In freshman competition, the Lady Horns prevailed 15-13 and 15-1.
Coaches tapped Brittany Owens as the frosh's outstanding player.
The team returned to East action Oct. 2 in Lakeside against the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.
After losing a hard-fought first clash 15-6, the wheels came off the Horn wagon in a 15-3 second game defeat.
The difference in the two rivals, Schwind said, was "our blocking was off and they were able to overpower us."
The coach did, however, laud the team for its showing in the first game.
"Our defense was very good ... we picked up some real hard hits," she said.
Following the game, Schwind cited Shea Hatch for her spirited play.
"She hustled and really led the team," she said.
In jayvee action, Payson won the first game 15-3 but lost the next two by identical scores of 15-3 and 15-3.
The jayvees took the floor with two freshmen, Haylee Huff and Autumn Herrera, in the lineup.
"They were pulled up (to jayvees) and had a strong showing," Schwind said.
In freshman play, Payson lost a twin bill 15-3 and 15-7.