Lady Cats claim rivalry game with victory over Lady Tigers

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Berryville's Hannah Needham (3) records a kill against Green Forest's Anna Blach (20) and Payton Watson (11). (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

BERRYVILLE -- The Berryville volleyball team improved to 4-0 with a 3-0 win over Green Forest Monday night, dominating the rival Lady Tigers 25-7, 26-24 and 25-13.

The Lady Bobcats came out hot in the first set as Berryville's big hitters notched point after point at the net. Hannah Noble had five kills while Aleksei Smith and Hannah Needham added four each as Berryville tallied 19 in the opener.

Other than a hiccup in the second game when Green Forest rallied to a 24-24 tie, the Lady Cats dominated the floor and the stat sheets. Berryville finished with 45 kills in the three games while Green Forest managed just four. Berryville had 120 digs to Green Forest's 73 and the Lady Cats tallied 11 aces to none for the Lady Tigers.

"I knew they were going to bring it," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "So I wasn't surprised. I knew they had some big hitters and if we didn't hit it could potentially be like that."

And the Lady Tigers didn't hit. While Green Forest was struggling to get the ball to the net, Berryville was busy on the offensive end, digging and setting with ease off long balls from the Lady Tigers.

"We came out ready to play," Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. "We came out feeling that rivalry...I am extremely proud of the girls. Do I want more? Yes. I want us to play an entire three sets."

The only time Berryville faltered was mid-way through the second frame when the Lady Cats were seemingly on the way to an easy win with an early double-digit lead. But Green Forest rallied back and made a game of it, eventually tying the score at 24-24. Berryville then won the final two points to seal the second set and take a 2-0 lead. The Lady Cats eased to the third-set win to remain undefeated.

"Even the first game I expect more," Whetham said. "Yeah, we won 25-7. Are there things we need to do better? Of course. Our serving game was not there tonight. I do not think, as a whole, our service game was very good."

Allie Teague was also a factor at the net, recording eight kills while Hannah Needham added nine and Noble finished with six. Morgan Pando also had six and Taylor Lacour posted three.

Kayleigh Johnson tallied 31 digs to pace Berryville as five Lady Cats registered double digits.

Teague led the service game with five aces while Needham added three and Pando had a pair.

Emily Glassell led the Lady Tigers with two kills while Payton Watson and Anna Blach had one each.

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