Lady Bobcats earn exciting win over Marshall

Monday, September 15, 2003
Berryville Lady Bobcats Mahalie Armstrong, No. 22, and Breanna Edwards made sure this spike was returned during recent action in Bobcat gym. The team took a big 5-game match from conference rival Marshall on Tuesday after losing a close match with Valley Springs on Monday at home. CCN/David McNeal

The long trip to Marshall paid off for the Berryville Lady Bobcat varsity volleyball team on Tuesday as they pulled off a win in five games to even their league record at 1-1.

Coach Sheila Neal said, "It showed a lot about our girls. When they were down two games, they didn't quit. We lost back-to-back games, but the girls saw Marshall was tired and went after them."

The junior high and JV teams weren't so lucky, with both taking losses.

VARSITY MATCH

Berryville vs. Marshall

26-24, 8-25, 24-26, 25-16, 15-4

Teams play rally points, with each serve scoring a point for someone, to 25, but must win by two. It makes the game faster, and the serve more important.

Coach Neal said 6-foot sophomore Emily Bell was blocking and spiking, and that Breanna Edwards and Rain Campbell were digging Marshall's spikes on defense.

Bell had 7 blocks and 7 kills, Campbell had 3 kills and 7 digs, and Edwards had 7 digs and a kill.

So, how big is serving?

"Rain served from the second point to 11 in the last game," Neal said. "Belci Diaz hit 14 of her 16 serves in and got 11 points during the matches. Alexis Davis served 7 of 8 for points, and Franchesia Flores served 4 of 5.

"JoAnna Vickers had some good sets, Belci served well, and Jerrica Allen came in and did a good job.

"We are serving better. Liz Brantley played big in the fourth and fifth game, and Alexis Davis, our backup setter, did well."

JUNIOR VARSITY MATCH

9-25, 10-25

Teams one and three played this match. Coach Neal said she usually works the second group in with the first one, but this time started group three in the second game.

JUNIOR HIGH MATCH

9-15, 17-19

"We weren't ready," Coach Neal said. "We drove to Marshall and got off the bus and just weren't ready to play. In a three game match, you expect to serve a minimum of 45 points. We only served 14 good serves. Our points in the second game came off of their missed serves."

SILOAM SPRINGS

TOURNEY

The junior high team traveled to Siloam Springs on Sept. 6 and took on some of the best 4-A and 5-A schools.

In pool play, they beat Woodlawn and Mountain Home, but lost to Ramey and Bentonville Lincoln. That qualified them for tournament play, one step farther than they got last year.

"We exceeded our goals," Coach Neal said. "We didn't get out of pool play last year. This time, we made the tournament and played one match, against Southwest of Springdale. We got better, won some sets."

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