The Lady Longhorns shrugged off injuries to key players to finish a very respectable fourth place in the highly competitive 21-team Payson Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
In the fray, which was played Sept. 9 and 10 in three Payson Unified School District gymnasiums, the Lady Horns played their way to a three-way tie in pool play, which was held exclusively on the tournament’s opening day.
In a win over Joseph City, middle hitter Kayla Woolwine went down with a severely twisted ankle and had to taken to the hospital.
She did not return and her status for the remainder of the season is not known.
In a tie-breaker, the Lady Horns fell to second place for cross pool play, which took place on Friday evening.
In it, Payson lost to eventual tournament champion Tuba City, but came roaring back to nip Agua Fria.
The Lady Horns took a No. 5 seed into championship bracket play on Saturday where they once again faced rough and tumble Tuba City
In the opening game, the Lady Horns fell 25-21, but won the second game 25-20
In the third and deciding clash, PHS lost a heartbreaker 20-19.
Despite losing outside hitter Katelyn Curtis in the following game vs. Holbrook, Payson won two straight.
The Lady Horns then knocked off Safford and Mingus before dropping the bronze medal showdown to Blue Ridge.
Following the tournament, Lady Horn setter Rachel Creighton was named to the all-tournament team.