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United’s bid for regional tourney falls short

November 8, 2016 GMT

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ALICE — United’s bid to end a 20-year drought of a regional tournament appearance fell short in the third round of the playoffs losing 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-15) to McAllen in the regional quarterfinals. The game was delayed for an hour after UIL assigned officials failed to show up at the designated time.

No. 25 United (33-9, 12-2 District 29-6A) had momentum heading into the game but the short turnaround from Saturday’s game affected the Lady Longhorns who were not as crisp and sharp as usual. Despite the fatigue, United put its best foot forward and went toe-to-toe with McAllen which had two days of rest and was fresh for the game.

A battle ensued on the court as both teams unleashed their offensive weapons but it was McAllen which started to gain momentum after the game was knotted up at 11. That is when Julia Monday went to work at the net and McAllen and started to separate itself, but United fought back with senior Isela Murillo. She concluded her high school career with 12 kills while Erika Lozano had 11 digs, five points and one ace.

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