Lady Bobcats overpower Green Forest in 3 sets
BERRYVILLE -- The Carroll County Super Bowl went to Green Forest this year, but volleyball was all Berryville.
The Berryville Lady Bobcats swept the Green Forest Lady Tigers in three sets Monday night at Bobcat Gym, winning 25-10, 25-15, 25-15.
Berryville got out to an early 14-3 lead in the first set behind three Ally Teague aces. Teague went on to have four kills before the set was over.
"They are a very hard-hitting team," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "We don't have a lot of big hitters in our conference, so we aren't necessarily used to that hard hitting and we had to adjust in the moment. I knew she (Teague) would hit the ball in a few different spots, but she hit them in a few other spots, too. She is just a really good player."
The Lady Bobcats struggled to get going in the second set, as things were tied at 6 early. A Makenzie Harp kill put the Lady Bobcats up by a point and from there, they never trailed. A Sloane Coffey kill and aces by Payton Youngblood and Carley Chicas kept things close for Green Forest midway through the set, but four consecutive aces by Melody Smith ended any hope for the Lady Tigers.
"I thought the girls came out and played hard tonight," Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. "Every win boosts our self-confidence and we have a big game tomorrow against Gravette so hopefully we can take this win tonight and use it tomorrow."
Green Forest led 11-10 to start the third set, but the Lady Bobcats went on a 15-4 run to finish the match. Smith had four aces and Teague had two kills during that run. Chicas had three kills in the set.
The Lady Bobcats have made a few lineup changes recently. Despite the three-set victory, Whetham still thinks her team is capable of playing better.
"We are improving each week," Whetham said. "We still have a while before districts. We still haven't shown our full potential."
Killingsworth said it will be important for the Lady Tigers to get over this match quickly.
"I know they are frustrated," Killingsworth said. "I hope they get their heads up because tomorrow is conference play. We have to have a short memory and go get it done tomorrow."
Berryville hosts Gravette on Tuesday and and Green Forest hosts Yellville-Summit.