Lady ‘Stangs down Snyder to earn berth in postseason

October 31, 2013

Aly Heredia sets a teammate up for a kill on Wednesday against Snyder. (Photo by Betsy Howe)

Sweetwater was prepared to wrap up a playoff berth by defeating Snyder here Tuesday in its final volley-ball match of the season. But a funny thing happened — the officials failed to show up and the teams’ match was rescheduled for Wed-nesday at Mustang Gym.
Fortunately, the delay didn’t seem to hurt Sweet-water. Except for a meltdown in Game 3, the Lady Mustangs dominated the Lady Tigers as they won in four games by scores of 25-16, 25-14, 19-25 and 25-10. The win ended a five-year postseason drought for Sweetwater, which is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Sweetwater, which finishes 4-6 in District 4-3A play, is the No. 4 playoff team while Snyder finishes 2-8. It’s the first time four teams in the district have qualified for the postseason after previously sending three.
Sweetwater will now make a long trip next Tuesday for its bi-district game, where the Lady Mustangs will face Fabens at a site that it still undetermined. Fabens is the District 3-3A champion and played Sweetwater in a pre-district tournament earlier this season, according to coach Liz Miller.
After winning its first two games rather easily, Sweet-water jumped out to a 6-0 lead in Game 3 before grad-ually losing its advantage. Snyder finally tied it at 14-14 and 15-15, then ran off sev-en straight points and went on to extend the match to a fourth game.
“I told them we can not lose focus,” Miller said. “And we regrouped. We just got too big for our britches and thought that we had it won when we didn’t.
“We were so keyed up to-night. I was worried after (Tuesday) night because we really were ready to play. But it worked out. I thought (the delay) might help them out, but today was in our favor. I was proud of the support from our students and our fans. They were awesome tonight.”
Sweetwater’s offense was led by two players who had double digits in kills — Shaneese Brown with 14 and Kayla Chowning with 11. Other leaders were Mor-gan Gomez with 26 digs and Aly Heredia with 29 assists.

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