BRONTE — For the second consecutive season, the Early Lady Horns volleyball campaign ended in the bi-district round of the playoffs at the hands of the Clyde Lady Bulldogs.
Early, the third seed out of District 6-3A, dropped a 25-16, 25-15, 25-13 decision Monday night to 5-3A co-champion Clyde, which came into the postseason as the No. 2 seed from its league.
The Lady Horns finished their best season in program history with a 24-14 record while the Lady Bulldogs moved to 30-14 overall.
“This by far was the best season Early has ever had,” said Lady Horns third-year head coach Natalie Whitewood. “I’m not upset at the loss, I’m just disappointed that we didn’t do what got us there all year and that comes with a newer program. Once we get that first playoff win this program will sky rocket. I am truly blessed to be a Lady Horn and even prouder to be a part of a team that had as much heart and hustle as we did this year. We truly lived up to our motto this year, one way.”
Taylor Summers led Early with three kills trailed by two from Trinity Tomlinson, and one each from Carrigan Norris and Alexa Portillo.
Vance-Cady Gordon distributed six assists and served an ace, while Summers also added an ace.
Defensively, Tomlinson’s six digs were a team-high trailed by five apiece from Gordon, Portillo and Haley Spieckerman, four from Summers, and one each from Norris and Gwen Phillips.
At the net, Portillo and Savannah Holt registered one block apiece.