Lady Harvesters fall to Canyon in final home game

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The Pampa Lady Harvesters (13-10, 4-6) hosted Canyon on Saturday in a regular-season home finale ahead of their playoff game on Thursday.

The Lady Eagles got the best of Pampa as they won the match 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 23-25, 23-25). Pampa finished fourth in District 4-4A. Head Coach Kaylee Samulowitz feels encouraged by her squad going toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the District and is ready for Thursday’s playoff game.

“We just talked about getting momentum heading into next week and that’s what we did,” Samulowitz said. “I wanted to feel good going into next week and after the effort those girls showed I feel great and that’s what we needed today.”

The Lady Harvesters found themselves in a hole early, falling behind the Lady Eagles 9-4 until a series of kills from sophomore Hallie Hawthorne and Canyon errors pulled Pampa within one at 9-8. Pampa later took the lead 14-13 after kills from senior Tynaa Mojica and sophomore Mikalie Floyd.

Pampa went on a 7-1 run and took the lead before ultimately taking the first set 25-20.

Pampa took a quick 8-4 lead in the second set with kills from seniors Ruth Andrews, Mojica and Marcee Troxell. Floyd had a pair of kills later in the set to give Pampa the 12-7 lead. Floyd, along with Hawthorne and senior Hallie Sieck, en route to Pampa taking the second set 25-18.

Pampa and Canyon traded blows in the third set before a kill from Shelbi Burrows tied it up 6-6. Canyon tried to pull away but Floyd scored an ace to pull Pampa within two at 12-10.

“She changed up her served,” Samulowitz said. “The serve she was doing at the beginning of the year is very high-risk, so it just got a little bit inconsistent so we did whatever made her feel comfortable and confident. She’s a fantastic volleyball player and a great kid. I love her to death.”

Sieck, Mojica and Floyd added kills as Pampa took the 16-15 lead. The teams continued to trade points but Canyon took the win 25-23.

Pampa found themselves trailing Canyon in the fourth set 7-2 before kills from Mojica, Troxell and junior Haley Fosett scored an ace to pull Pampa within one at 8-7. Mojica, Floyd, Burrows and Sieck continued to pour on points and Pampa took the 11-9 lead. Canyon went on an 11-4 run to take the 20-15 lead. Floyd and Mojica added points in the final moments of the set but Canyon took the fourth set 25-23.

The Lady Harvesters take the playoff road on Thursday when they travel to Childress High School to take on Snyder. Game time is at 5:30 p.m.

“We had a really tough district so a lot of people will look and see a one-seed playing a four-seed, but we have a shot to go win,” Samulowitz said. “We’re going to watch film and prepare like we do any opponent and as long as we go out there and play like we did today we should come out on top.”

Official stats

Celest Ostercamp had 14 assists and 21 digs; Haley Fossett had an ace and 18 digs; Hallie Hawthonre had an ace, six kills and three digs; Hallie Sieck had two kills, 43 assists and 14 digs; Marcee Troxell had six kills and one dig; Mikalie Floyd had three aces, 13 kills, three assists and 11 digs; Ruth Andrews had six kills, an assist and a dig; Shelbi Burrows had an ace, a kill and nine digs; Tynaa Mojica had nine kills and two digs.

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