Payson rode the momentum from its win over Flagstaff Coconino the previous night to beat visiting Show Low 25-16, 25-13, 25-10 on Tuesday night.
It was senior night even though it’s not the final home match of the season, which is normally designated senior night. The Longhorns (8-4) play host to Snowflake on Tuesday night and Chino Valley on Oct. 30. But the players felt Show Low was the right opponent for senior night.
“We didn’t want to have to kill Chino Valley and we didn’t want to have it be tight with Snowflake,” said senior Emmee Ashby. “And Show Low’s always been really great competition, so we knew that it would be a game. At least we wouldn’t obliterate them. So that’s why we chose tonight.”
And it worked out well.
“It feels really good to win because it’s our senior night and it’s emotional because, after the season we’re all going our separate ways,” said senior Shealea Garza.
The Longhorns hit well.
“For the second consecutive game, the girls dominated on the spike,” said head coach Arnold Stonebrink. “They hit an overwhelming .245.”
Selena Shill continued her hot streak at the net, leading the team in both kills (11) and efficiency (.385). Cori Barnett hit .250 (six kills), Ashby hit .231 (four kills), Sara Novack hit .250 (two kills), Jade Holland hit .222 (three kills), and Taylor Randall popped eight kills. Mckenzie Creighton had 30 assists.
“The passers did a splendid job handling the Cougars’ serves, led by Kaylee Byers and Klara Sorensen,” Stonebrink said. “Kaylee collected an eye-popping 18 digs, followed by Harley (Turney’s) 13.”
Kelsee Stonebrink led all servers with 12 winners and three aces. Garza added nine winners and Byers served three aces.
The JV and freshman teams also won 2-0. The JV improved to 10-2 and the freshmen to 8-2.