Eureka Springs suffers season-ending loss to ICC in 3A-North Tournament

Friday, October 18, 2013
Taylor Little, left, Haley Comstock (15) and Dallas Galyen were ousted from the 3A-North Conference Tournament on Thursday. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

VALLEY SPRINGS -- Eureka Springs finished its winless season with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-8 loss to Izard County Consolidated Thursday night in the opening round of the 3A-North Conference Tournament in Valley Springs.

Senior Haley Comstock led the Lady Highlanders with five kills and three blocks before sustaining a mild concussion in the third set after hitting her head on the floor while diving for a ball. Comstock underwent a CT Scan at Mercy Hospital late Thursday night. Results from the test were clear. But Comstock was visibly shaken during the final set.

"She came off the floor and her eyes were uneven," Eureka Springs coach Carrie Gay said. "She was on the floor but she was not coherent."

Taylor Little and Kennedy Cash had one block each for Eureka Springs, which is still in the early stages of having a volleyball program. The Lady Highlanders are still looking for that elusive first win for the program. Gay said the foundation built by Comstock, as well as seniors Mara Adams and Sidney Burks, was getting the Lady Highlanders closer.

"We are getting better," Gay said. "Our volleyball team has produced an all-state player. I think others will look at this and see that they can accomplish these same goals."

Comstock was recently selected All-Conference and All-State and has been nominated to play in this years all-star game. The coaches ranked all nominated players from the conference for All-State accolades with Comstock garnering the award for the first time in her career.

"For me as her mom it was amazing that my daughter has accomplished what she has," Gay said. "It just shows her strength of character. It opens up doors for her and shows the coaches in our district recognize that."

The honors continue to pile up for Comstock. The 5-11 senior has aspirations of continuing her volleyball career in college.

"It's amazing because my freshman year I wanted to be all conference when I was a senior," Comstock said. "I got it as a sophomore and have gotten it every year since. My sophomore year I said I wanted to be all state. I was nominated for it last year. That pushed me that much harder to get it as a senior."

Comstock will now focus her attention to the basketball team and first-year head girl's basketball coach Jamie Green. But while the well-versed athlete is shooting jump shots, she will continue to jump at opportunities in volleyball.

"I just love the game," Comstock sad. "I want to be the best I can be at this and I am not going to settle for average. Coach Green has been making contacts for me and I think I have a tryout in the spring which really excites me. I don't know if she got me a tryout but she said for me to be ready."

Gay said Green, who has only been with the program since August, has faith in Comstock not only as an athlete but as a person.

"Coach Green has really taken the lead on this," Gay said. "She believes in Haley in volleyball and basketball. She is talking to a bunch of schools about her and they are excited about her."

Comstock is an honor roll student and Senior Class Representative and has already cleared the necessary hurdles for college entrance, including making a 25 on the ACT.

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