Pampa falls to Hereford over weekend

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The Pampa Lady Harvesters (12-9, 3-5) hosted Hereford (ranked No. 4 in 4A on MaxPreps) over the weekend and were swept by Lady Whitefaces 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-12).

“We talked a lot about not making adjustments. We scout teams and we know what their tendencies are, and that doesn’t help when we don’t go out and make an adjustment,” Head Coach Kaylee Samulowitz said. 

“From the very beginning, we didn’t adjust to the things we knew they were going to do. They are a great team, they are going to earn their kills and get their points, but there are points in there we should have stopped.”

Trailing 1-0 in the match, the Lady Harvesters tied the second set 4-4 after sophomore Hallie Hawthorne and senior Tynaa Mojica blocked a kill.

The Lady Whitefaces reeled off another long run despite a pair of kills from sophomore Mikalie Floyd. Mojica and Hawthorne added two more kills but Hereford took the second set 25-13.

“Hallie (Hawthorne) has been a big surprise since we went into offseason,” Samulowitz said. “She wasn’t even on my radar, but she showed up and worked so hard. She’s our best server on the team and that brings a lot of confidence to her. She’s just a great player and great kid. She’s never nervous and is just confident to go out and do her job.”

Floyd, Mojica and senior Marcee Troxell put Pampa on the board early cutting into the early, Hereford lead 5-3. Hereford went on another long run despite kills from Floyd, seniors Ruth Andrews and Hallie Sieck, but Hereford was too much for Pampa and finished the sweep with the 25-12 Set 3 win.

The Lady Harvesters travel to Perryton tonight where they will have an opportunity to secure a playoff spot at fourth in District.

“There’s a playoff spot on the line,” Samulowitz said. “Whether they’re the best or the worst team in our district, we have to go out and take care of business to earn our spot.”

Official stats

Ariel Lacher had a kill and an assist; Celest Ostercamp had four assists and 11 digs; Haley Fossett had three digs; Hallie Hawthorne had a kill; Hallie Sieck had a kill, four digs and 20 assists; Jasmine Martinez had a dig; Marcee Troxell had two kills and an assist; Mikalie Floyd had three kills and nine digs; Ruth Andrews had three kills and a dig; Shelbi Burrows had a kill, an assist and a dig; Tynaa Mojica had eight kills.

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