If the playoffs are a new season, the Lutheran High Lady Mustangs started this season just as they finished the previous. Winners of ten of their last thirteen games, Lutheran hosted the Universal City First Baptist Eagles in the Bi-District Round of the TAPPS 2A playoffs. The Eagles gave the Lady Mustangs all they could handle, but Lutheran prevailed in three though sets, 25-21, 25-21, 26-24.
“The girls showed a lot of drive and determination which was evident throughout this come from behind win,” said Head Coach Krista Freitag.
The Lady Mustangs were slow out of the gate as they fall behind 7-2 in the first set. They would cut the lead the 14-13 after a Lila Williams’ kill and Rachel Arnold ace. It wasn’t until Williams ace did they have their first lead at 17-16. A kill by Kim Moore and Lilly Hall ace made it 22-19 and the Mustangs finished the Eagles off with a 25-21 win.
The second set was very even throughout as neither team would be able to extend the lead beyond two points. A 5-1 run by the Lady Mustangs capped by a Domonique Richardson kill gave Lutheran an 18-12 lead. The Eagles would fight back and cut the lead to 21-20 before a timeout stalled the rally. However, the Lady Mustangs would stave off the comeback and hold on for a 25-21 win.
After falling behind 4-1 in the third set, the Lady Mustangs would rally to tie it at 6-6. The set was back and forth until Emily Haase put down one of her four kills to give Lutheran their biggest lead of the set at 19-17. The Eagles had set point at 24-23 but the resiliency of the Lady Mustangs showed up as they would score three unanswered to take the match 26-24 and send them to the to the next round.
Sophomore Kim Moore had an all around performance with 13 assists, 9 kills, and 6 digs. Lila Williams tallied 5 kills and 5 aces while Emily Haase added 10 assists and 2 aces. Rachel Arnold had a team high 8 digs while Domonique Richardson netted 8 kills and 7 digs. Sarah Dawson added 7 digs from the libero position.
“I am so proud of the girls for coming out after a tough week of losses and winning our first playoff game,” said Freitag. “We have a few things to tweak after this game, but I look forward to seeing it all come together for the new round!”
Lutheran (19-14) will travel to Huntsville to take on Alpha Omega (15-5). Game time is slated for 5 PM.
–LHS students Phillip Williams and Jalen Perez with the call on the Mustang Network in the video at the top of the article.