Lady Stangs’ playoff hopes dim with defeat

After coming alive with 25-22 win in Game 3 to extend Friday’s match, the Sweetwater volleyball team was unable to sustain its momentum against No. 8 Big Spring here Friday.Instead, the Lady Steers — who had won the first two games by scores of 25-15 and 25-16 — came back to wrap up the match with a 25-14 win in Game 4. Big Spring improved to 3-2 in district with the win, while Sweetwater dropped to 1-4. With the loss, the Lady Mustangs (17-18 overall) saw their playoff chances take a serious hit. Sweetwater now trails third-place Big Spring by two full games with only three matches left in the regular season.Kelsi Crosson had nine kills and three digs to pace Sweetwater, which jumped out to an 8-1 lead and never trailed in the third game. The excitement was short-lived, though, as the Lady Mustangs never led again in the match. Sweetwater hosts Brownwood Tuesday, and is at Snyder on Friday before coming back home to face first-place Wylie on Oct. 25 to end the season.Kendra Crosson had seven kills; Kathleen Campbell had eight blocks; Shelby Cason had four kills; Suede Shirley had three kills, three digs and 10 assists; Alicia Finn had one kill, one dig, two blocks and eight assists; Kinsey Browning had four digs; Taylor McPherson had two kills and one assist; and Allie Zavaleta had one dig. Browning also had two aces and Campbell had one kill.