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Longhorn Netters lose heartbreaker to Providence

Caitlin Leonard #3 serves up an ace for Johnson County
Caitlin Leonard #3 serves up an ace for Johnson County

By Tim Chambers

Johnson County appeared to have a win nearly in the boat, only to watch it slip away before reeling it in. The Longhorns let Providence off the hook, losing their last three sets after winning the first two.
The Horns took the first two sets 25-22 and 25-21, but lost the final three 19-25, 21-25 and the tiebreaker 15-17.
A drained Donna Poteet was disappointed after watching her squad go up 14-12 in the tiebreaker with a chance to win but had a call go against them. Johnson County was awarded a point only to see the call reversed in favor of Providence which would have allowed them to get the victory.
“I’m not sure why it happened, but they did it once before in the match,” said Poteet. “It was tough at the time, but we made too many mistakes at the end. We had chances to put them away, but we got out of position and started hitting the ball long. We missed a lot of shots that we should have made. That was the difference in the game.”
Johnson County went up 14-6 in the first match only to see Providence storm back and cut the deficit to 14-12. The game was tied 22 all, but Faith Poteet’s hustle play prevented Providence from taking the lead and Caitlin Leonard rewarded her efforts with a kill that sparked them to take the last three points.
Eden Fenner had 11 digs in the match. Leonard finished with three kills and Poteet would cash in on two. Kam Sluder served up four points and had a pair of diving defensive digs.
The Horns were down 4-1 in the second set, but kills from Leonard and Poteet would enable them to tie the game at 5-5.
Courtney Brooks was on the end of three serving points that helped them at one point take a 19-10 lead before Providence stormed back with five straight points.
Fenner ended this contest with 10 digs and had the game winning point. Brittany Brooks had a pair of nice saves as did Renie Morrow.
Johnson County dropped the third set 19-25 after leading 9-7 at one point.
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