Lady Bobcats keep rolling along, GF loses to Valley

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Berryville Lady Bobcats won another three-set match on Monday, defeating West Fork 25-20, 25-20, 25-17. The Lady Bobcats haven't dropped a set all year, but coach Kristin Whetham said there is still work to be done.

"We have got to find a way to start being more consistent on the floor and quit giving up so many points," Whetham said. "I'm OK if the other team has a hitter and they have somebody come in and earn the points that they get, but right now we are giving points away that we shouldn't. We aren't making a team earn anything so those are things we will have to keep working on and hopefully it will start to click with the girls."

To fix these things, Whetham said she will be working with the girls in practice.

"A lot of it is just communication," Whetham said. "Just trying to put them through game situations while in practice that way we can work through them in a game."

On Thursday, Berryville traveled to Huntsville, a team the Lady Bobcats will see in the district tournament. Whetham said it was important for the Lady Bobcats to come out and play well.

"It's a game changer for us," Whetham said. "If we don't come out and play well, there is a good chance we don't come out on the winning end of the deal. Huntsville is a strong team. They have a good returning hitter. She is a senior. If we come out, play well against Huntsville and hopefully beat them, I think that is going to give our kids the boost we need to get over this little hump we are in and start working a little harder to make sure we are one of the top teams in the state."

Valley Springs 3, Green Forest 1

The last time Green Forest met Valley Springs, there was much more on the line, as the two teams were playing for a chance to go to last season's Class 3A state tournament. In that match, Green Forest lost the first two sets, but rallied to win the final three and advance to the state tournament. Green Forest was unable to spark that magic in the first meeting between the two teams this year, as Valley Springs won 25-17, 25-27, 25-22, 28-26.

"With our schedule, we are seeing good, tough competition," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "Valley Springs is one of the better teams we will see from our district, so it's great getting to see how we stack up against them."

Green Forest put up a fight in each set. Cheyann Eagleson finished the first set with four digs, while Sloane Coffey and Rachel Evans each had a kill. Lauren Newberry stepped up in the second set with an ace and Carolina Moreno had two kills. Killingsworth was glad to see her team fight so hard to win that second set.

"Valley makes you work for it," Killingsworth said. "We kept doing that and it's matches like this that will help us in the future."

Moreno added three more kills in the third set and Coffey had an ace in the fourth set.

On Thursday, Green Forest traveled to Pea Ridge.

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