Lady Stangs 3rd at SA
After a third-place Silver Bracket finish at a San Angelo tournament over the weekend, Sweetwater’s volleyball team will take a 9-6 record into a three-way match today at Water Valley against both Water Valley and San Angelo Lake View.Sweetwater finished the tournament with a 4-2 record, ending the event with a 25-14, 25-19 win over Lamesa in the Silver Bracket third-place match on Saturday. The Lady Mustangs began Friday by defeating both El Paso Jefferson (28-26, 26-24) and Midland Greenwood (19-25, 25-21, 25-21) while losing to Midland Christian (25-22, 12-25, 19-25) in pool play, putting them in the Silver Bracket on Saturday.Sweetwater then started bracket play by beating Lake View 25-10, 22-25, 25-19 in its first match before losing to a tough Odessa High squad 22-25, 14-25, setting up the match with Lamesa where the Lady Mustangs dominated with a straight-set victory. Shelby Cason had five kills against Lamesa while Kendra Crosson and Kathleen Campbell had four. Kelsi Crosson had three kills and a team-high 10 digs. Kinsey Browning had nine digs, while Suede Shirley had five aces and 11 assists. Against Odessa High, both of the Crossons had six kills while Alicia Finn had nine assists and Shirley five. Against Lake View, Sweetwater was led in kills by Cason and Kendra Crosson with eight and six, respectively.Kendra Crosson also had 11 kills against Midland Christian, 10 against Midland Greenwood and seven against El Paso Jefferson. Kelsi Crosson had eight, eight and nine kills, respectively, in those matches.Freshman team wins consolationThe freshman volleyball team on Saturday captured consolation honors by defeating host Abilene High 23-25, 25-22, 15-10. Sweetwater had lost to Abilene High by scores of 25-22, 17-25, 8-15 in its opening match of the one-day tournament, but Coach Jessica Withrow’s team rebounded to defeat Lake View 25-22, 25-17 in its next match. Sweetwater then beat Permian 25-20, 25-18 to get another shot at Abilene High. Marissa Duran led the team in total digs, Bailey Bernal was the top server and Zanisha Williams and Caroline Brennan led in attacks.