Volleyball Team Going To State For First Time Since 1994

They made it

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The high-flying Lady Longhorns have taken care of East Region volleyball business with a 3-0 victory over the Show Low Cougars.

The win, Oct. 24 in Show Low, marked the culmination of 2006 East play for PHS.

Payson whipped the Cougars by scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-19.

With a 10-2 record, the Lady Longhorns are all alone in first place in the standings.

However, the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets could tie Payson for the crown if they defeat Holbrook in a Nov. 1 clash.

The Jackets remained in the championship race Oct. 24 with a 3-1 win over Snowflake. The victory lifted Blue Ridge's East credentials to 9-2.

Payson's best hope to cling to the region crown outright is for Holbrook to beat BRHS in the regular season ender. Along with the region crown, the Lady Horns would also receive the first place seed into the East tournament.

However, if Blue Ridge wins against Holbrook, the Lady Horns and Jackets would tie for the East title and a coin flip would be needed to decide which team would receive the first seed into the regional tournament. That fray will be played Nov. 4 at Blue Ridge High School.

Payson's 9-2 record assured the team of a berth into the state tournament, because the top two seeds in the regional tournament, which will be Payson and Blue Ridge, are awarded byes into the final four.

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The Cougars send a shot past Laci Sommars to close the gap in game three.

Since the top four region teams advance to state, Payson will be advancing to the 3A tournament for the second consecutive season.

But, the Lady Horns want to take the highest seed possible to state to assure themselves the best chance of winning.

In state tournament opening round seedings, Number one plays Number four from another region and Number two is pitted against Number three.

If the Lady Horns advance to state as the East Number one seed they would open at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Peoria High School Gym A against the North Number four seed.

If Payson falls to the region's Number two seed, the Lady Horns would tip off tournament play at 1 p.m. in Gym B against North Number three.

-- To reach Max Foster call 474-5251 ext. 114 or e-mail mfoster@payson.com.

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