Lady ‘Stangs want more than just a playoff berth

An extremely inexper-ienced Sweetwater High School volleyball team sur-prised a lot of folks last year when the Lady Mustangs advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.A new season begins to-night when Sweetwater hosts Grape Creek at 6:15 p.m. (with a JV match at 5), and longtime head coach Liz Miller hopes to build on that success by setting the bar higher — much higher. “It’s always been one of my goals to make the regional tournament,” she said. “We want to be the group everybody talks about. It’s a young group, but they’ve got a lot of heart and they’re very selfless. They know it’s not about them.”Several players attended a camp last month at Texas A&M University. “It was a great experience for our girls and worth every penny,” Miller said, “and was such a good base to start off two-a-days with by getting to know each other as a team.“This team definitely has an advantage over last year. We’re five or six steps ahead at this point. We just need to get better and build on that. And I think that we will because we work hard.”Sweetwater returns five players with varsity experience, one of whom (Morgan Gomez) was first team all-district in 2013. Two other players, Maddie Jones and Mikeilah Foust, earned all-district honorable mention. Of those, only Jones is a senior whle Foust and Gomez are juniors. The other two returning varsity players, Maddie Berry and Kensi Chowning, are just sophomores. Roun-ding out the team are juniors Katie Fox, Abby Garcia, Alyssa Soles and Sarah Val-dez and sophomores Kait-lyn Foster, Lauren Jones and Rhylee Meneses. Mad-die Jones is the lone senior.