The Lady Longhorns' hopes of earning a berth into the 16-team 3A state volleyball finals hinge on a regional first-round game tournament game.
As the East's fifth-place team, the Lady Horns host the fourth seed, either Round Valley or Show Low, at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 in Wilson Dome.
If the Lady Horns find a way to win that first round match, the team would advance to a second-round game at 2 p.m. also in Wilson Dome. That contest would be against regular season region champion Blue Ridge. A first round win also would propel the Lady Longhorns into the state tournament to begin Nov. 8 in Phoenix.
The six-match East tournament in Wilson dome begins at 9:30 a.m. with the region cellar-dweller, Alchesay, playing the third-place finisher which could be Round Valley or Show Low.
After the No. 4 vs. No. 5 match at 11 a.m., the losers of the two first round games are eliminated and do not receive a state seed.
Action resumes at 12:30 p.m. with the winner of game one playing the regular season runner-up which will probably be Snowflake.
Since some regular season games are scheduled for this week, the final standings have yet to be determined.
The losers of the second round games (12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.) battle at 4 p.m. The winner of that clash receives a state third seed and the loser advances as the East's fourth and final seed.
The tournament championship is slated for 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Horns tightened their grip on a fifth-place finish Oct. 22 in Wilson with 2-0 match win over Alchesay. In the first clash, Payson survived a 15-12 thriller. In the second, the Lady Horns romped 15-9.
Following the twin wins, coach Chris Schwind cited Hillari Hardt and Talaina Pettet for their stellar play.
"Hillari had an excellent blocking and hitting game with six blocks and four kills," Schwind said.
Schwind praised Pettet for turning in "excellent all-around games with no passing, serving or hitting errors."
In junior varsity action, Payson swept the twin bill 15-5 and 15-1.
The freshmen won the first game 15-10, but lost the second 15-5. In the rubber match, Payson survived 15-12.
The Lady Horns wrap up the 2002 campaign at 6:30 p.m. today (Tuesday) in Wilson Dome against Show Low.
The game will be preceded by freshman (4:30 p.m.) and junior varsity (5:30 p.m.) matches.