Lady Horns Stung By Scorpions

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After handily rolling over Estrella Foothills in the 2008 season opener, the Lady Longhorn volleyball team suffered the agony of defeat Aug. 27 in Sedona.

In the four-game match, Payson won only the second clash. The lone "W" was by a 25-21 measure. The Lady Horns dropped the other three games 25-20, 25-17 and 25-17.

Following the defeat, coach Arnold Stonebrink praised Sedona mentor John Parks.

"He has done a great job with his kids," he said. "They have only one senior, but the juniors and sophomores are quite good.

"They were well-disciplined, made few errors and their serve receiving was tight and consistent."

While the Scorpions were playing solid volleyball, the Lady Horns were stumbling.

"We had a lot of errors, more than half of Sedona's points (51 of 96) came on our hitting, service and serve receiving," Stonebrink said. "Had we limited our errors, we would have had a much better chance of winning."

If the Lady Horns are stoked for a bit of revenge, they'll have the opportunity Sept. 5 and 6 at the Payson Invitational Tournament.

Payson is aligned in the same pool, black, as is Sedona. The two teams are scheduled to meet at noon opening day on court two in Wilson Dome.

In the loss to Sedona, only Rose Hardt and Jenna Robertson stood out as hitters. Both tied for the team lead in kills with eight each. Hardt also led all hitters with a .250 efficiency mark and just one hitting error.

At the service line, Payson committed 13 service errors and was good on only 82 percent of its serves.

"It's very hard to put together runs when the serving is that spotty," Stonebrink said.

The coach did praise libero Kristin Remonda for her pass and digs, which she had two.

Robertson led the defense with two stuffs and two stuff assists, or blocks for a point shared with another blocker.

In the first game, the Lady Horns were rolling along with an 18-13 lead before Sedona rebounded for a 12-2 run to win the game.

In the other losses, the Scorpions' tenacious defense and blocking kept Payson at bay.

Although the Lady Horns lost, Stonebrink is promising a better showing in future games.

""We'll work at correcting our flaws, especially our hitting attack and get after it again," he said.

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