Meeting for the second time this season, Cisco was looking to win four in a row over its Eastland County rival. Ranger was having other ideas cheered on by a ruckus home crowd, the Rangers jumped out early and carried that over to a sweep of their neighbors to the west sending the Wranglers home with a 3-0 loss.
"I thought we executed, trusted each other and played with confidence," said Ranger head coach Nicole Smith.
While a 3-0 win looks good, it was anything but easy for the Rangers on Monday night. Much like they did in the match earlier this season, RC jumped out to an early lead in the opening set. And following suit, Cisco charged back and tied the set at 17-17. They took their first lead of the night at 18-17 as the teams traded points to a 21-21 tie. Trailing 22-21, Susan Moore called a timeout and her girls responded by running off a string of points that gave them set point, 24-23. Ranger responded, keeping the Wranglers off the scoreboard and winning the first set 26-24.
"It was extremely important to win that first set. Mentally that would have been a tough loss to overcome having the lead we had and then having lost it. We stepped up and played our game and didn't let that happen," Smith said.
The teams came into the match separated by just one game in the Region V North standings and it showed. The second set saw Ranger grab a 15-14 lead before having to call timeout trailing 19-17. That TO sparked a Ranger run that forced another stoppage in play with RC up 21-19. The timeout tactic didn't work for Cisco this time, Ranger went up 24-21 before closing it out 25-22.
Mentally and physically drained from the first two sets, Cisco fell behind early in the third set 10-3. Rallied to get within 11-7, but didn't have enough to force it to a fourth set as Ranger won 25-17 to snap its losing streak to the Wranglers.
Ranger and Cisco are now tied for third with a conference mark of 4-4. RC is on the road Thursday at Southwestern Christian who they beat earlier this season 3-0. Cisco is home to Temple College who they beat earlier this season 3-1 as the two teams fight for postseason seeding with only a handful of games left on the schedule.