The Lady Longhorn volleyball team tipped off the 2004 successfully pounding out-manned Glendale Independence 25-12 and 25-13.
In the clash played Aug. 31 in Wilson Dome, the varsity first team cruised in the first game behind the setting of Haylee Huff and middle hitter Sarah Donovan's strong play at the net.
In the second game, first-year coach Arnold Stonebrink pulled seniors Britney Owens, Rikki Ray and Huff from the lineup to give playing time to the younger players. The coach also called for a 5-1 offensive scheme in which sophomore Brooke Cannon was the lone setter.
"Brooke did a great job and the younger kids played very well," Stonebrink said.
The coach also praised Huff for spearheading the Lady Horn attack in the opening clash.
"The kids love having her as a setter and they are so in sync with what she is doing," he said.
Donovan drew praise from the coach for her kills and strong defense around the net.
The Lady Horns jayvees dropped their match 2-1 and the freshman won 2-0.
Next up for the Lady Horns is the 18-team invitational which tips off at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 with pool play and continues tomorrow with a double elimination tournament. Sept 4, play begins at 8 a.m.
Games will be played in both the old gymnasium and Wilson Dome. There is no admission charge.
"We want people to come have a good time and enjoy the games," Dave Bradley, athletic director, said.