The GW squad ran into the Salado Lady Eagles on Friday afternoon in San Antonio and bowed out of the postseason in three games. Scores of the three games were 25-14, 25-16 and 25-22.
Jane Riser led the Lady Longhorns with nine kills while Kelsi Wallek set up nine shots for points. Wallek and Lacey Gee hit for two aces apiece in the match. Maggie Ham shined on defense with 14 digs in the match.
The Lady Longhorns entered the postseason as the second seed in District 31-2A with the Freer Lady Bucs capturing the first seed. The GW ladies met Hebbronville in the opening round and took the other Lady Longhorns in three straight games. The GW girls won their bi-district championship 25-14, 25-22 and 25-20 over Hebbronville.
Round two had the Lady ‘Horns against the Taft Greyhounds, the top seed in District 30-2A. The best of five area match was exciting and tense. It went all five games before a winner could be decided.
George West looked to be in charge with wins in games one and two by the identical scores of 25-21. Taft changed the momentum of the match with a dominating 25-13 win in game three to pull within one game at 2-1. The fourth contest of the match was closer as the Lady ‘Horns looked to regroup and close out the Lady Greyhounds. Taft hung on for a really close 25-20 win to even the match at two games apiece. The match went to the fifth game race to 15 to decide the winner and who would advance into the regional quarterfinals. The Lady ‘Horn stormed out and finished off the Greyhounds 15-9 to move one more step in the playoffs with the 3-2 win over Taft.
The Banquete Lady Bulldogs were GW’s next opponent. The third place seed from District 30-2A was on a roll. Banquete had bumped off Boling and Rivera Kaufer in their first two rounds of the playoffs and would possibly be a tough test for the Lady ‘Horns.
The Lady Bulldogs never got on track, thanks to the service game, the GW defense and the hard-hitting ‘Horns. The George West girls made quick work of Banquete with a three straight sweep. GW earned the first game victory at 25-19 and the Banquete girls never got any closer as the Lady ‘Horns prevailed in games two and three 25-12 and 25-14 in dominating fashion.
The victory over Banquete put the Lady ‘Horns in the regional semifinals at San Antonio’s Blossom Athletic Center on Friday afternoon against Salado.
The Lady Eagles were too much of everything and the Lady ‘Horns fell in three to the high-flying Salado squad.
It was a great year for the Lady Longhorns in that they exceeded expectations and played as a cohesive team throughout the year. Adversity and triumph both marked the season and it will be remembered as a very good Lady ‘Horns team and season, finishing at 23-11 and a trip to the Region IV semifinals.
Just wait ‘till next year!