SW is eliminated in Round 1 by B’burnett

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

RANGER — A 3-0 loss Tuesday to Burkburnett in the bi-district volleyball playoffs was not the ending coach Morgan Doyle hoped for, but the immediate future still looks bright for the program.
Only three seniors saw action for the last time, so most of the Lady Mustangs will return in 2018.
There were moments in the 17-25, 17-25, 21-25 loss when the young squad showed promise. A 6-1 run cut a 23-15 deficit to 24-21 in the final game, before Burkburnett closed it out.
Sweetwater also kept the first two games close, trailing just 20-17 in both until Burkburnett ended them with 5-0 runs.
Playing their last volleyball match for Sweetwater Tuesday were Jessica Poe, Sonora Medellin and Sadie Fish. Medellin and Poe were the only two Sweetwater players to be varsity members prior to this season, however.
Leading the team in kills Tuesday was junior Shavie Green with eight, while Poe had six and another junior, Charity Thompson, finished with five kills.
The team’s sophomore setter, Elli Lehnert, had a team-high 15 assists, while freshman Mia Valdez and junior Hannah Mobley led Sweetwater with 12 digs. Green also had a team-high two blocks and Fish one.
Burkburnett led most of the way, but its biggest lead was just eight — at the end of Games 1 and 2, 15-7 in Game 2 and 23-15 in the third game. In the last two instances, the Lady Mustangs responded with nice runs; they cut the 15-7 deficit to 16-14 and forced a timeout before Burkburnett regrouped to pull away.
Fish, Mobley, Riley Dodd and Lehnert also had kills and Medellin had 10 digs. Lehnert had four digs, Fish three, Poe, Dodd and Marissa Villanueva two and Thompson one. Valdez had three assists. “I’m super proud of this group,” Doyle said. “We were inexperienced this year (after graduating seven seniors), but these girls worked so hard.”