Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink and his players are hoping for a few scoops of tasty home cookin’ Oct. 28 during the team’s final regular season game against Snowflake.
“We’d love to have a huge crowd to cheer us on to victory over the (Snowflake) Lobos,” he said.
“Snowflake (11-2, 7-0) is in first and undefeated in the region. A win over them would be huge, not only because they are our big rivals, but also it would give us a boost in power points.”
Currently the Lady Horns have 79.8529 power points and are in 12th place among the 28 teams in the 3A ranks.
If the state tournament were to tip off today, the Lady Horns would play the fifth team in power points, Snowflake.
However, if Payson can improve to 11th before season’s end, the team would play No. 6, which is now defending state champion Parker.
A 10th seed to state for Payson would send the Lady Horns against No. 7 Wickenburg.
This year, the state tournament is being played at Bradshaw Mountain and Prescott High Schools beginning Thursday, Nov. 6.
Game time against Snowflake in Wilson Dome is 6:30 p.m.
With a 10-5 record, 6-2 in the region, the Lady Horns are relegated to a third-place region finish. The team will take that bronze medal seed into the regional tournament when it is played Nov. 1.
The Lady Horns stumbled during two recent regular season road outings, losing Oct. 20 to Valley Christian and losing the following day to Blue Ridge.
Against VC, the Lady Horns had to deal with Chanel Brown, who Stonebrink calls “their stud hitter being recruited by Penn State Pepperdine and a few other Division 1 schools.”
Although Brown eventually went to the bench with an injury, the Lady Horns couldn’t take advantage and fell 25-21. Payson lost the second game 25-17 and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third, but lost 25-21.
On the plus side, the Lady Horns’ serving was on target with 14 aces, seven by Desi Burris, who also had 13 service winners.
“Cydney (Figueroa) served superbly too,” Stonebrink said.
Against Blue Ridge, the Lady Horns won the first game, 25-19, dropped the second 25-22, claimed the third 25-18, but then fell 25-15 and 15-8.
“In the first three games, the girls played quite well and showed a lot of enthusiasm and energy,” Stonebrink said. “But the girls slowed down in the fourth and fifth, I think they just ran out of gas.”
Although the team suffered the heartbreak of defeat, it did receive several outstanding individual contributions.
Burris finished with six aces and 16 service winners, Bailey Randall had 11 kills, Figueroa dished out 29 assists, and serve-receivers Jenna Robertson and Laughlin Potvin were at their best.
Robertson played much of the game with an injured ankle that is projected to be fully healed by the Snowflake game.
In East Region individual rankings, Burris leads in aces and Robertson is second. Figueroa is second in assists and Kristin Remonda is second in digs.