A pair of seniors -- who donned Lady Longhorn volleyball uniforms for the final time Nov. 2 in a state tournament 3-0 loss to Round Valley -- were honored at the team's season-ending awards ceremony.
During the festivities, held Nov. 9 at a local church, Lady Horn coach Arnold Stonebrink announced that the two fourth-year players, Mollee Lee and Hannah Armenta, were selected in a voting of coaches to the All-East region first team.
Joining the duo on the first team were juniors Cydney Figueroa and Jenna Robertson.
East coaches also doled out honorable mention recognition to Segan Cline and Laci Sommars.
Lee, a 5-foot, 8-inch, outside hitter and team captain, was a spark plug in the Lady Horns offense and defense, all season long.
In the heartbreaking loss to Round Valley that ended the Lady Horns' season, Stonebrink lauded Lee as "the only hitter who had reasonable success" against the vaunted Elk defense.
In finest senior moment, however, might have come in a late season 3-1 win over archrival Snowflake. In the victory, she turned in her best hitting match of the campaign, recording 15 kills.
In a regular season loss to Round Valley, Lee played well, finishing with seven kills and four digs.
As an eighth-grader at Pine-Strawberry School, Lee was an all-state middle school selection.
Armenta played the outside hitter position opposite Lee and was also a team captain.
Some of her most memorable moments occurred in the late season win over Snowflake. At crunch time of the pivotal fourth game, Armenta served an ace to tie the score and another to win the game.
At the conclusion of the Payson Invitational in September, Armenta was named to the all-tournament team.
"It was a well-deserved recognition," Stonebrink said.
"Her 44 digs led the team and her .185 hitting and 27 kills were both second on the team behind (Jenna) Robertson."
With the end of the season, Armenta will turn her attention to Lady Longhorn softball.
In that sport, which she is also an All-East honoree, Armenta is known for her power hitting.
Many of the Lady Longhorn volleyball players -- Janae Blalock, Christina Deaton, Robertson and Figueroa -- will now turn out for the Lady Longhorn basketball teams.
Others will opt to play off-season volleyball, either on a valley-based team, or local Club Rim.