Final season goal eludes VolleyTigers
CARROLL COUNTY -- The Green Forest Lady Tiger volleyball team reached three of its four goals this year when it finished the 1AAA regular season at 14-0, then won the district tournament the next week.
That qualified them for a No. 1 seed at the Class AAA State Volleyball Tournament at Valley View High School outside Jonesboro, where they traveled last Tuesday to face Hoxie in the second round of the tournament on Thursday.
That's right, second round. The Lady Tigers got an unheard of bye the first day, technically giving them a win, then took on the Hoxie Lady Mustangs for their first real action.
Their fourth goal of winning a state title fell a little short as Hoxie took the match 25-16, 25-12, 26-24, ending Green Forest's season.
"We were nervous, but that's no excuse," Coach Kayla Madewell said. "You never know what you can do until you lay it all on the line. Our third game, we played that way and were set to win, but didn't quite.
"Still, it was a great experience, and now they know next year they can compete at that level."
The Lady Tigers might have gotten some of those nerves settled down if they hadn't gotten a bye, as they were set to face a No. 4 seed for their first game. Instead, they didn't even get to work on the courts on Tuesday, the day they should have played, and had to go out cold on Thursday after Hoxie had already played an opening game.
Northwest region summary
Teams in Class AAA from Northwest Arkansas didn't fare too well at the state tournament, with most going out their first game.
Technically, Green Forest recorded a win when they were given a bye in the first round, but they fell in their first competition last Thursday to Hoxie (25-17, 28-26, 25-22).
Marshall did beat Ashdown in five games during last Tuesday's action (25-21, 10-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-10), but they lost to Brookland on Thursday (25-16, 25-21, 25-13).
Prairie Grove beat Clinton last Wednesday (14-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 16-14), then lost to perennial powerhouse Westside from Jonesboro (25-7, 25-6, 25-9) on Thursday.
One and out included Berryville, who lost to Fountain Lake (25-13, 25-19, 22-25, 26-24), Shiloh Christian, who lost to Little Rock Christian (25-7, 25-11, 25-7), Yellville-Summit, who lost to Lavaca (25-9, 25-10, 25-18), and Gravette, who lost to Conway St. Joseph's (25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-2).
In the quarterfinals, Valley View beat Brookland 25-6, 25-10, 25-20; Mansfield beat Lonoke 25-22, 25-15, 25-23; Westside Jonesboro beat Hoxie 25-13, 25-11, 25-7; and Lavaca beat St. Joseph Conway 25-23, 25-12, 22-25, 25-14.
In the semifinals, Valley View beat Mansfield, and Westside beat Lavaca.
In the championship match, Valley View defeated Westside 23-25, 25-18, 27-25, 22-25, 15-12.