House survives thriller

By Ryan Lengerich

The House Cowgirls took Logan for a ride Thursday night in a five-game cliff-hanger.

The Cowgirls battled back from a two-game deficit to beat the Longhorns in a district game 25-27, 12-25, 25-16, 25-15, 15-13.

“That was a great win for us — unbelievable— that was a big red monkey off of our back,” said House head coach Jason Lee.

Logan started slow in the opening game falling behind 18-13 in the first game before head coach Bridget Rea called time out. The Longhorns turned the deficit into a 22-20 lead and went on to finish the game when House’s Krista O’Steen hit a ball out of bounds.

Logan came out firing in the second game taking an early 10-6 lead. Two straight aces by Nicole Rodgers pushed Logan lead to 14-7. Lee called a time out as his team fell behind 20-10 but a transition kill by Rodgers finished off the Cowgirls.

“I felt we had a lot of momentum going into the third game,” Rea said. “But you can’t make silly mistakes and win games.”

House bounced back in the third game and jumped on the back of their star Krista O’Steen. The Cowgirls opened up a 14-7 lead and Logan never got closer than six-points. House finished the game with an ace by Tracy Baker.

“I told them it was one of those time you got to reach down and find something a little extra,” Lee said.

In the fourth game, Logan jumped out to an early 4-0 nothing lead before House battled back to tie the game at 8. House pushed to an 18-14 lead when Priscilla Sepulveda stuff blocked Logan’s Breanna Bruhn.

O’Steen would take the momentum and hammer three consecutive kills to give house a game point. On the game’s final point O’Steen ripped a cross court kill around a solo block for the win.

The fifth game bounced back and forth with the teams playing to a 10-10 tie. A kill by House’s Shannon Lane and a block Lindsay Lee gave house a two point lead. An error by Logan and a tip kill by Sepulveda gave House match point.
O’Steen ended the game with a tip that landed on the line.

“This is one of the biggest wins, we have never beat Logan like this,” O’Steen said.

The win moves House’s district record to 3-0 and drops Logan to 1-2 in the district. Logan was missing Sharisa Day, a 20-kill per game leader, to injury.

“I felt like we played hard but I don’t think we played well,” Rae said.