With all-important East play set to tip off later this week in Show Low, the tendency of the Lady Longhorns could have been to look past a Sept. 20 non-region clash against the visiting Globe Tigers.
Knowing that, coach Arnold Stonebrink issued a stern warning to his charges.
“I did not treat Globe lightly and tried to impress that on the girls,” he said. “The Tigers last week swept a decent Florence squad.”
Apparently the coach’s wise words of caution were heeded because all three PHS squads emerged victorious.
The varsity won the match 3-0 with 25-18, 25-13 and 25-16 triumphs. Both the freshmen and junior varsity won 2-0 decisions.
“It was a clean sweep,” Stonebrink said.
Following the victory the coach lauded the setting of senior Cydney Figueroa and the accurate passing of Reghan Flake and Kristin Remonda.
Figueroa finished with a team high 28 assists, Remonda led the team in digs with 10 and Flake, in the first game victory, went on a nine-point serving run to help the team pull out a rousing come-from-behind triumph.
In the opener, Payson fell behind 12-8 mostly due to hitting errors.
Of the 18 points the Tigers scored in the game, eight were recorded on Payson hitting miscues.
With the Lady Horns trailing by four and looking like a team that had ho-hummed the Tigers, Laughlin Potvin got the PHS express back on track with a four-point serving run. Flake put the game away with her impressive streak.
Also, Trinity England contributed her fair share to the victory with five kills.
In the second game, Flake continued her hot hand, serving the Lady Horns out to a 4-0 lead.
“We rolled from there,” Stonebrink said. “Globe couldn’t get any offense going off their serves as we enjoyed virtually perfect serve receiving by Reghan, Kristin and Jenna Robertson.”
Once again, England led the team in kills with five.
In the third game, Globe showed signs of life tying up the clash at 11-11 before standout passing from Remonda helped Payson build a lead it never relinquished.
In the triumph, the Lady Horns’ power game was hitting on all cylinders with 15 of the 25 points scored on kills.
Rose Hardt, Bailey Randall and Robertson had four kills each. Nikki DeWees had three.
For the three games, Robertson led in kills with nine.
Next up, the Lady Horns travel Sept. 25 to the White Mountains to take on Show Low. The varsity match tips off a 6:30 p.m. and will be preceded by frosh (4:30) and jayvee (5:30) clashes.
The results of East Region games and power point rankings will be used to seed teams into the state tournament, which begins Nov. 6. The regional tournament will be contested Nov. 1 in Show Low.