Lady Bobcats lose first match of year

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Berryville Lady Bobcats not only lost their first set of the year on Thursday in Huntsville. They also lost their first match, losing in five sets. Coach Kristin Whetham made a few lineup changes heading into the match.

"We came out kind of dead-legged and got off to a late start," Whetham said. "We started fighting back in that first set, but it was a little too late and we couldn't end up pulling off a win in the first set."

After losing the first set, Berryville battled back to win the second and third sets. The fourth set was back and forth throughout, but eventually Huntsville found a way to win it and force a deciding fifth set.

"In the fourth set, we came out and played hard," Whetham said. "It went back and forth the whole game, but Huntsville has a really good middle hitter. She reminds me a lot of Ally Teague from last year. When she rotated back to the front row, we were within two points of each other and she dominated the rest of that set."

Berryville lost the fifth set 15-13, but Whetham said the lead went back and forth the entire time and she is proud of the effort her team showed.

"We played together, we fought and played with emotion," Whetham said. "We hustled after every ball. We tried not to let any ball hit the ground. Overall, I thought we played 100 percent better than what we had been playing."

Despite the loss, Whetham believes this could be a turning point in the season for the Lady Bobcats.

"I was talking to coach Cornelison on the way home and I was saying maybe this was something these girls needed," Whetham said. "Most of these girls have been to state for two or three years in a row. Maybe they are used to tradition, but they don't realize they have to work hard to do that so maybe having a loss early in the year will light a fire and push us to work harder and get better every day. Maybe the next time we see Huntsville, we can pull out a win."

On Monday, Berryville traveled to Farmington.

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