Lady Stangs stun B’wood, still have shot at playoffs

October 19, 2011

A Brownwood shot is defended by Larissa Locklar (11) and Taylor McPherson at the net during Tuesday’s District 5-3A volleyball match. Sweetwater won the match in four games to keep its playoff hopes alive. (Photo by Betsy Howe)

The Sweetwater volleyball team still may be a longshot to make the state playoffs.
But a Brownwood team on the verge of clinching a postseason berth for the eighth consecutive year discovered Tuesday that the Lady Mustangs were not about to roll over for them.
Instead, Sweetwater ral-lied after a slow start to take a convincing 3-1 win at Mustang Gym and keep its playoff chances alive. After losing 25-20 in Game 1, the Lady Mustangs swept past the Lady Lions by scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-13.
Sweetwater is now 2-4 in district with two matches left, while Brownwood — which needs just one win to secure a playoff berth — is now 4-3. Sweetwater goes to Snyder (0-7) on Friday and hosts Wylie (6-0) next Tuesday to end the season.
Brownwood dropped out of a second-place tie with Big Spring (4-2), which did not play a district game on Tuesday. The teams will meet on Oct. 25 to end the regular season. Sweetwater must win its final two matches and hope to finish in a third-place tie at 4-4 in order to have a shot at ex-tending its season.
But after losing Game 1, the Lady Mustangs seized control, and finished out the match with a 10-3 flourish.
“We told them tonight to just go have fun and play,” coach Liz Miller said. “We passed better tonight and helped each other out more. We played as a team.”
Sweetwater was without junior Kelsi Crosson, who was nursing an injury, but the other players stepped up. Kendra Crosson, Kelsi’s twin sister, had 18 kills, 15 digs and two blocks; Kathleen Campbell collected eight kills, two aces and six digs; Shelby Cason had eight digs and seven kills; Larissa Locklar had three digs, four kills and three blocks; Kinsey Browning had 16 digs and one kill; Suede Shirley had four kills, 19 assists, two aces and eight digs; and Alicia Finn had eight assists, two kills and six digs. Also, Allie Zavaleta and Taylor McPherson com-bined for 11 digs.

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