The Lady Longhorns' hopes of winning the school’s first state volleyball championship were dashed late Friday evening, Nov. 5, at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
After advancing to the state tournament quarterfinals with a win over the Wickenburg Wranglers, Payson dropped a four-set match to Window Rock of the North Region. The loss eliminated Payson from the tournament while Window Rock advanced to the final four.
Against WR, the Lady Horns lost two gut-wrenchers, 25-20 and 25-22, before winning the third set 25-21. But that was the only win PHS could muster as three-seeded WR iced the win with a 25-18 victory.
In the opener, played earlier in the day, Payson tipped off with twin wins over Wickenburg by 25-22 and 25-15 measures. Wickenburg took the third set 25-22, but the Lady Horns rebounded to win the deciding set 25-23. Payson entered the tournament as a No. 6 seed and the East Region regular season and tournament champions.
In the semifinals today, Window Rock plays Tuba City and Snowflake, the only non-North team remaining in the tournament, takes on Monument Valley.
See the Nov. 9 edition of the Payson Roundup for complete coverage.