For the third straight year the Klondike Lady Cougars volleyball team is heading to the Class 1A regional tournament in San Angelo.
    After getting off to a rough start, Klondike secured their  tournament berth by capturing a four-set victory over Miami in a regional quarterfinal match on Tuesday night at Friona.
    The Lady Cougars dropped the first set 21-25 but came back to win the next three, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-17.
    Klondike will find a familiar situation at the regional tournament at Central High School in San Angelo later this week.
    Not only will the tournament feature the same four teams as last year, but the Lady Cougars will be facing the same first-round opponent as they have the past two years.
    Water Valley will be Klondike’s opponent in their regional semifinal match set for 3 p.m. Friday.
    Water Valley ended the Lady Cougars’ season during their debut at the regional tourney two years ago. Klondike turned the tables last year to defeat Water Valley in the semi-finals before falling to eventual state champion Bronte in the regional finals.
    Klondike Coach Eva Myers said Water Valley, which won its district and has a 28-11 season record, once again will be a tough opponent.
    “They’re a good team. They’re athletic,” Myers said.
    “They have a real strong hitter who also sets when she is in the back row.”
    But Myers believes the Lady Cougars, 24-11 this season, are capable of handling the challenge.


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