Lady Stangs outlast Wall in four games for 3rd straight win

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

After a rather dominant first-game win on Tuesday, Sweetwater had to rally to defeat Wall in four games in the teams’ exciting non-district volleyball match at Mustang Gym.
Sweetwater claimed the match 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 26-24 for its third straight win to improve to 10-17.
The Lady Mustangs, who were playing at home for the first time in three weeks, were comfortable at the start as they opened a 9-1 lead over Wall in the first game and never trailed.
But it was a much different story in Game 2 as Wall led by six on three separate occasions deep in the match before Sweetwater finished on a 12-4 run to pull out a very narrow 25-23 win.
However, Wall extended the match with a 25-22 win in Game 3, and Sweetwater trailed 23-20 after Wall launched a 9-2 run in Game 4 to get within two points of a tie-breaking Game 5. But a 6-1 Sweetwater rally ended the match instead, due to some strong blocking along with kills by Shavie Green and Hannah Mobley, with Mobley’s kill deciding the match.
“That was exciting,” said head coach Morgan Doyle afterward. “It was nice to be at home again after being on the road for a couple of weeks, and having a good crowd that was engaged. I was glad to see it and happy our girls didn’t give up.”
There were lots of highs and lows. Wall overcame an early 7-1 deficit in Game 3 to lead 18-12 and 21-15, but Sweetwater rallied to within a point (23-22) before Wall scored the last two points to keep from being eliminated in three games.
Sweetwater then built an 18-14 lead in Game 4 only to see Wall go up 23-20 with its 9-2 run, but then rallying for the win.
“We were able to run plays and we played with our heads and not just relying on our physical talent,” Doyle said.
Mobley had 17 kills and 14 digs, closely followed by Charity Thompson with 16 kills in the match, while Green had 11 kills and led the team with four blocks.
Setter Mia Valdez had 43 assists and 18 digs. Double-digit diggers also included Bri Moriel with 17 and both Nikki Gutierrez and Marissa Villanueva with 13.
After traveling to Lubbock Coronado on Saturday, the team will play its final non-district match Tuesday when it hosts Colorado City. Sweetwater stays home to begin district play vs. San Angelo Lake View Sept. 21.

Pictured: Sweetwater's Mia Valdez (4) goes up to block a shot by a Wall player in Tuesday's match at Mustang Gym.
Photo by Kevin Wright