The Lady Steers saw their season come to an end Friday afternoon in Snyder, falling to Andrews in four games in the Regional Semifinals by scores of 11-25, 25-22, 23-25 and 23-25.
Big Spring senior Taylor Seaton was an absolute force on the net, blocking a game-high 18 shots. Seaton also recorded eight kills and six digs. But it wouldn't be enough to stop an Andrews squad bent on a shot at state.
In Game 1, Andrews seemed to be able to find every inch of open space on the court. Their shots had eyes and bounced unforgivingly between the Lady Steers' defenders. Head coach Lynn Osborne took a timeout when the score hit 3-9, in an attempt to stop the bleeding, but Andrews was rolling downhill at a high rate of speed, refusing to stop, slow down or even consider changing course. When they scored the point which gave them the 11-25 win, it had to be a bit of a relief for Big Spring, as they were able to move on to the next game and try again.
Game 2 showed a completely different team for Big Spring as Cerbi Ritchey and Morgan Seaton fell into their normal pattern of setting each other up and sending volleyballs to the court, most post-haste. The dynamic duo accounted for 37 assists between them, 11 blocks, 37 digs (28 for Ritchey) and each recorded 11 kills.
The Lady Steers bounced back in champion fashion, taking the second game 25-22, creating a completely different scenario for Andrews and setting up an exciting and pivotal Game 3.
Haley Dimidjian and Diamond Mayes had their best game of the series, combining for nine kills, 15 blocks and nine digs.
Game 3 proved to be the most important game of the day as both teams knew it would be going into it. Both squads fought for every point and refused to yield in a game which was tied 11 different times. When Andrews grabbed the game 23-25, it gave Big Spring every chance it could possibly want to give up, surrender. After all, both teams were playing the game like the winner of game 3 would advance automatically. Going into Game 4, it should have already been decided. But then the Lady Steers did what they have done all season, they kept fighting. No one told them the game was over just because they were down 2-1.
Game 4 proved to be just as hard a battle as game 3, as Big Spring did everything they could to get back into the contest.
Of course, the beginning of the game seemed to catch Big Spring unprepared, as they slipped behind a 2-7 deficit. Again they clawed their way back into it,giving themselves a chance to win.
Before Andrews knew it, the Lady Steers were biting at their heels again. From a 6-14 hole, they fought back to within two points at 13-15. Down 14-19, they fought back again, making it a 17-20 game. When Andrews stretched out again for a 18-23 lead, back they fought one more time, forcing Andrews to become concerned and call a timeout with the score 22-24. The Lady Steers would eventually fall in Game 4 by a score of 23-25.
Clara Benavides led the Lady Steers with 22 digs, while Carson Reibe put up 19 of her own and Logan Yarbar added nine. Benavides also had seven blocks and three kills.