Eight Sweetwater seniors played their final volleyball match in a three-game loss to No. 1-ranked Wylie on Tuesday at Mustang Gym.
Immediately after their 16-25, 19-25, 16-25 defeat, the eight Lady Mustangs — all of whom played key roles in Sweetwater’s most successful season in four years — were recognized during a ceremony at the gym by Sweetwater coach Liz Miller, who admitted she wasn’t ready for it to end.
“I thought we did pretty well tonight,” she said. “I was proud of them. We didn’t just lay down. I’m just sad that it’s over.
“This is such a special group. They really worked hard and were very dedicated. It’s just a shame we’re not going to the playoffs.”
Kendra Crosson had seven kills and Kathleen Campbell six for Sweetwater, which was 4-6 in district but 24-16 overall. Kendra also had 14 digs and Kelsi Crosson, her twin sister, finished with 12 digs. Shelby Cason had four kills and three blocks while Suede Shirley had three kills, 16 kill assists and 10 digs. All five seniors played Tuesday for the last time along with Destiny Osteen, Janell Walker and Angela Garza. Wylie (10-0, 37-4) will enter the playoffs as the top seed from District 4-3A while Big Spring and Mon-ahans will meet the decide the No. 2 playoff seed on Friday in Midland.
Both teams will go into the mini-playoff with 7-3 records after Monahans beat Big Spring in Tuesday’s regular season finale.