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MIDLAND â€” Not only are the Lady Steers headed to the regional volleyball tournament, they overcame a huge obstacle by the name of Monahans to get there.
Big Spring (29-13) started off strong. Unwilling to let rival Monahans defeat them for the third time this season, the Lady Steers took the first set 25-20 and turned in an even stronger performance in the second set, winning 25-15.
Just when BSHS looked as if it was going to wrap up the match in three straight sets, a controversial call went against Big Spring and Monhans rallied after being two points away from elimination to win 23-25.
With the Momentum on the Lady Loboes' side of the court, they capitalized, winning the third set handily, 19-25 as the Lady Steers found themselves in familiar territory â€” mired in a dogfight with Monahans.
Making the proper adjustments and keeping cool in the face of adversity, BSHS took the fifth set 15-8.
â€śThe girls worked very hard on the adjustments for this match and it paid off,â€ť Head Coach Lynn Osborne said. â€śI'm so proud of the way the girls fought for this match and the courage they showed. It was a complete team effort.â€ť
Now back in the 3A semifinal, the Lady Steers' first opponent will be Springtown (32-8), which they will meet Friday at 3 p.m. at the Coliseum on the campus of Western Texas College in Snyder. A win would put BSHS in the regional championship game Saturday at 3 p.m.
Setters: Morgan Seaton, 25 assists, 11 kills, 6 blocks, 4 digs, 1 ace; Kinsey Wash, 22 assists, 7 digs, 1 ace.
Offense: Kelsie Guinn, 12 kills, 4 blocks, 1 assist, 1 dig; Erin Pollard, 13 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Tulsi Patel, 6 kills, 1 dig, 1 block.
Defense: Julianna Rodriguez, 15 digs, 4 aces, 2 kills, 1 assist; Stevi Ward, 25 digs, 5 kills, 2 assists; Ebony Zavala, 22 digs, 7 kills, 1 block.