The Lady Longhorns, clutching a ducat to the postseason volleyball playoffs, will be looking to rack up momentum and power points when Payson collides this evening, Oct. 28, with the East Region leading Snowflake Lobos.
Although a win probably won’t improve the Lady Horns (11-6-1 and 6-3 in the East) third-place finish in the final regular season standings and the resulting bronze medal seed into the regional tournament, an upset could provide confidence and power points.
Currently, the Lady Horns are sitting 11th in the 3A power rankings with 89.5 points.
Beating a team like Snowflake, which has 13 wins, would give a sure boost to Payson in the standings.
Ranked ahead of the Horns from the East are Snowflake (100.6, seventh) and Blue Ridge (94.7, eighth).
Monument Valley of the North Region is the point’s leader with 130.9.
It is power points that officials use to seed prep teams into the state tournament. And of course, the better the seed, the more advantageous the route is through state battles.
Teams are seeded into the region tournament by their regular season finish.
The East tournament is set to begin Nov. 1 at Show Low and the state tournament will tip off Nov. 6 at Bradshaw Mountain.
The Lady Horns enter this evening’s game against the Lobos fresh off a 3-0 win over Alchesay.
Payson defeated the Falcons Oct. 23 by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-14.
Among the standouts coach Arnold Stonebrink can call upon against the Lobos and in the two postseason shootouts are Jenna Robertson, Rose Hardt, Cydney Figueroa, Desi Burris and Kristin Remonda.
Robertson is among the top-five East leaders in hitting, kills, aces and blocks.
Figueroa is top-five ranked in aces and assists, while Hardt is among the region leaders in hitting.
Burris leads the East in aces and Remonda is ranked second in digs.
Game time this evening is 6:30 p.m. in Wilson Dome.