Lady ‘Stangs crush C-City

September 5, 2012

Sweetwater senior Suede Shirley gets ready to hit a serve in Tuesday’s home match. Sweetwater defeated Colorado City in three games. (Photo by Ron Howell)

It may be too early to think about making it to the postseason in late October, but something different is happening with the 2012 Sweetwater volleyball team — it’s beating its opponents regularly and convincingly, no longer seemingly content to extend its matches by a game or two.
The latest example came Tuesday when the team finally came home from a three-week-long road swing to entertain Colorado City.
Sweetwater was trailing in Game 2 by a score of 17-14 after winning 25-13 in Game 1. But the Lady Mustangs suddenly rallied and ran off the last 11 points of the game to take a 25-17 victory and won the match in three games, finishing with a 25-12 romp to get a sweep over Colorado City.
Sweetwater, which is idle this weekend, is now 17-9 for the season. The Lady Mustangs will go into their mini-break having won 11 of their last 15 matches including four of six at the Frenship tournament in Wolfforth for a second-place Silver Bracket finish before facing Colorado City on Tuesday.
Sweetwater — which is still more than two weeks away from the start of District 4-3A play Sept. 22 — hasn’t won this many games this soon since 2008, which is the last time the Lady Mustangs advanced to the playoffs.
“We are playing so much smarter. The players understand the game better and see the court better,” head coach Liz Miller said of her team, which has eight sen-iors on its roster.
“This year’s team has some options we didn’t have before. We’re very versatile and we are jelling so good as a team right now. We’ve just got to keep it going and we have to keep getting better every time.”
The Lady Mustangs were dominant at the net as they recorded 39 kills in all against Colorado City. Kendra Crosson and Kelsi Crosson led the way with 14 and nine kills, respectively. The twin sisters also both reached double figures in digs as Kendra had 15 and Kelsi 12, and Kelsi had six aces as well. Suede Shirley had 27 kill assists plus nine digs and three kills.
Sweetwater went 2-1 in Friday’s pool play at the Frenship tournament, beat-ing Littlefield and Andrews while losing to Dumas. In Saturday’s bracket play, the team defeated Lubbock High 25-20, 24-26 and 25-20 and Abilene Cooper 25-16, 25-15 to make the final against Lubbock Cooper, where the Sweetwater took the match to the three-game limit. But Lubbock Cooper, after losing the first game 25-23, came back to win the next two 25-20 and 27-25 and claim the championship.
In pool play, Sweetwater beat Littlefield and Andrews in two games by scores of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-13, 25-9, respectively, while losing to Dumas 10-25, 22-25.
Kendra Crosson had 11 digs and 13 kills vs. Lubbock High, while Kendra Crosson had 10 kills and Shirley and Kathleen Campbell seven.
Against Abilene Cooper, Kendra Crosson had 10 digs and Kelsi Crosson and Angela Garza eight each, and Shelby Cason had seven kills. Against Lubbock Coo-per, Kendra Crosson had 21 digs and Kelsi 13, and Kendra had nine kills while Shirley had 24 kill assists as well as 11 digs.
Sweetwater returns to play Tuesday when it goes to Lamesa, with a dual match vs. Lubbock Cooper and Monterey in Lubbock four days later. The team is back home to play Miles for its final non-district match on Sept. 18.
District play begins four days later against Monahans at Sweetwater, and contin-ues until the season ends on Oct. 23 against Wylie.

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