Longhorns take down House

By Ryan Lengerich

HOUSE — Logan captured its third straight district volleyball championship on Saturday night. But it had to come from behind and overcome a No. 3 seeding.

“It gets a little tougher every year because the teams just keep getting better,” Logan head coach Bridget Rea said.
Logan, the third seed in the district tournament, defeated House 26-28, 25-19, 25-16, 25-18, for the District 4A title. The win for the Longhorns avenged a five-game setback on Oct. 9 at House.

House hosted the tournament championship game as a No. 1 seed for the first time in its school history. The Longhorns knocked off San Jon and Grady before taking out House, which had a week off prior to the match.

“You always come in with a little momentum when you are the number three seed and you got to play Tuesday and Thursday,” Rea said. “I don’t know if that hurt House but it certainly helped us.”

Both teams advance to the state playoffs Friday in Des Moines. Logan will play Roy at 5 p.m. and House will meet defending state champion Des Moines at 7 p.m.

House jumped to a 15-11 lead in the first game before Logan battled back to tie it at 20. The teams stayed knotted before House’s Krista O’Steen hammered a ball from the right side and the game ended on a Logan hitting error on the next point.

“We came out with a lot of intensity and matched them, and won more battles at the net early but they overpowered us,” House head coach Jason Lee said.

Lee watched his team fall behind early in the second game. The first-year coach took his team’s final timeout of the game with the Longhorns ahead 10-3. House never got closer than five points in the game and Logan cruised to tie the match at 1-1.

The third game was much of the same with Logan breaking out to an early lead before extending its lead to 22-10. Lee sat on the House bench shaking his head with his elbows on his knees and hands holding his chin. The Longhorns finished the game on a kill by senior Nicki Rogers with no Cowgirl blockers in sight.

“I felt great this time, I felt like I could do it all,” Rogers said.
House rebounded in the fourth game leading 17-15. With the game tied at 18, Logan senior Sharisa Day took over. Day had three blocks and two kills as the Longhorns scored seven unanswered points to win the match. Day had 18 blocks in the match.

“I felt like this was the first time we really played with heart, because House got on top and after that first game we could have quit playing but our girls just stayed in there,” Rea said. “That is what I am most proud of.”