Seniors lose to Gravette

Friday, September 30, 2011
Ninth grader Misty Rhymer scenes the defense prior to serving during a recent home game. Tyler Thompson/Carroll County News

GRAVETTE -- The Bobcats took to the road on Tuesday afternoon to take on Gravette, but the No. 2 team in the conference was too much for the Bobcats, as the Lions defeated the senior Cats 10-25, 8-25 and 10-25.

"They just served really well," head coach Kristin Whetham said. "We just struggled against their serves."

While the varsity team struggled, it was the junior high squad that found balance and was able to play as a unit as they returned home with the win, 25-16 and a closely fought second set, 25-23.

"We served really well," Whetham said. "We continuously moved our feet and got good, small hits."

Whetham did not shy away from giving credit to the Lions:

"They are a fundamental team," she said. "We struggled at receiving their serves."

A big reason for the loss, according to Whetham, is the hard attacks that Gravette has produced the past few years.

"This year they really have a couple of strong hitters," she said.

While it is not currently part of this season's schedule, the junior high districts will take place at Berryville on Oct. 15.

Whetham said that there is a conference meeting on Oct. 12 to discuss the tournment's time schedule.

Whetham said that the staff did not keep official game statistics.

The Bobcats begin a two-game home stand on Monday when they battle Alpena, followed by a game against Gentry on Tuesday.

Whetham's Bobcats have been playing on a more unified scale as of late and have turned their focus to communication and teamwork as they balance their offensive contributions with their defensive progressions.

The team will take to the road for four matches beginning on Oct. 6 when they visit Pea Ridge.

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