Rallying on stellar serving that included four aces each from sisters Megan and Kaitlyn Wessel and three by Rachel Creighton, the Lady Longhorns opened the 2010 season successfully routing Holbrook 25-9, 25-15 and 25-19.
The relatively easy victory, which was posted Aug. 24 in Wilson Dome, was a revenge of sorts for the Lady Horns, who last season lost to the Roadrunners. Holbrook, however, graduated nine seniors off that team.
“Their inexperience showed,” said PHS coach Arnold Stonebrink. “I was very pleased how our girls kept the pedal to the metal instead of easing up and playing to the level of the opposition; it will really help us in the long run, when we play the likes of Blue Ridge and Snowflake.”
Following the win, the coach was lavish in his praise of the players.
“They were solid in all areas — half of our 72 spikes went down for kills, we hit a tremendous .361 as a team and the girls were also on in serve receiving,” Stonebrink said. “They passed 2.23, anything over 2.20 is great.
“And our servers were deadly.”
Individually, Trinity England shined at the net with 10 kills and also registered five digs. Katelyn Curtis and Cami Barnett contributed eight kills each and Kelsey Waugh finished with five kills.
Curtis also led the team with two stuffs and two stuff assists.
Setter Rachel Creighton drew praise from Stonebrink who said, “She spread the wealth around with pinpoint sets and registered 31 assists.”
In passing, which was a focal point of the coach during the off-season, the Lady Horns were led by Rachel DiFelice, Barnett and the Wessel sisters.
“It was nice to see the girls start so strongly,” said Stonebrink.
In the final game with the Lady Horns on the verge of a sweep, Stonebrink juggled the lineup, putting middle hitter Megan Wessel on the right side and moving Waugh to outside hitter from her usual spot in the middle. Also, Curtis played in the back row for a game.
“All three girls played tremendous ball at those positions, and it didn’t matter what lineup I threw out there — the girls were dominant,” Stonebrink said.
On the younger levels, the PHS junior varsity won 25-13 and 25-9. Coach Jadyn Walden’s freshmen routed the Runners 25-8 and 25-3.
The Lady Horns return to action Aug. 31 at Mogollon High School in Heber.