By TONY EIERDAM
JACKSBORO – Beginning this year, Class 3A qualifies four teams to the playoffs from each district, and it is indeed an almost impossible task for a fourth-place team to defeat a district champion in the first round of postseason play.
So when the Mineral Wells Lady Rams – the fourth seed of District 6-3A – trailed two games to none to the state-ranked No. 11 Iowa Park Lady Hawks here in a bi-district playoff match, the District 6-3A champion, they did not let their highly-regarded opponent off the hook easily.
Although Iowa Park managed to win game three, 25-16, the scrappy Lady Rams made the Lady Hawks fight for every point and made a statement that MWHS does have a solid volleyball program and next year will look to add to the school-record consecutive playoff appearances.
The 25-9, 25-11, 25-16 Iowa Park win also gave the Lady Hawks a little revenge as it was the Lady Rams who eliminated the Lady Hawks from the 2012 playoffs.
Lady Rams head coach Taylor Eggleston was proud of her team and feels they were the group that helped make the Lady Rams a solid volleyball program. In the four years Eggleston has led the Lady Rams MWHS has made the playoffs in three of those seasons.
“I feel these ladies have represented our program very well,” she said. “This group was the first in school history to make it to the playoffs in back-to-back years, and they have set a standard for Mineral Wells.
“Last year we won the school’s first volleyball playoff win and this year it was back-to-back years in the playoffs, so these ladies have set a standard.
“This group has helped raise the expectations for the volleyball program, and I think the volleyball program is a positive thing.