Lady Bobcats beat Green Forest

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

GREEN FOREST The Berryville Lady Bobcats got an easy 25-10, 25-17, 25-18 victory on Thursday at Fred Grim Gym against the Green Forest Lady Tigers.

"We played a lot better," Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. "I feel like this team is finally starting to come together and get the feel and groove of each other. I think as a whole, we are getting better playing as a team."

Two aces by Taylor Swofford and a kill by Chaney Seitz gave Berryville an 8-2 lead in the first set. Kills by Morrell helped extend the lead to 19-7. A Kelsey Smith ace gave Berryville a 24-10 lead and Kelcee Hopper's block gave Berryville the set victory. Having never played together before, Whetham knew it would take time for this team to gel, but she is glad to see them beginning to come together.

"I think it's just learning what each of them are capable of doing," Whetham said. "They had never stepped onto the floor together until this year. I think it's mainly figuring out each other and talking on the floor. I think we are finally getting in the groove."

Aces by Vanessa Perez and Rachael Evans kept the Lady Tigers in the second set, as they led 11-9, but consecutive aces by Berryville's Kelsey Smith gave Berryville a 12-11 lead. A Nora Waller kill extended the Lady Bobcat lead to 21-17 and Hopper's block gave Berryville a 24-17 lead.

Swofford had a kill to start the third set and also had an ace. Morrell's block gave Berryville an 8-2 lead. Back-to-back aces by Aspen Smith extended the Lady Bobcat lead to 21-13. Lexy Anderson had an ace to give Berryville a 24-17 lead and Morrell's block closed out the match.

After the loss, Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth sees areas her team needs to improve.

"We have to do a better job of getting ourselves out of a hole mentally," Killingsworth said. "They have to be like 'I hit the ball in the net, now I'm going to hit the ball over the net.' Instead, they just look at it like 'Oh, I'm terrible.' I don't know if that's what they are thinking, but that's what it looks like they are thinking."

Killingsworth hopes that playing a school such as Berryville will help them.

"They have a strong tradition," Killingsworth said. "When we go to hit, we got blocked a lot tonight so we had to react to that and learn how to play that. That is something that we did improve on tonight. Sometimes how you handle plan B is the whole measure of how you are successful, even in life. But especially in volleyball."

Green Forest's Alissa Smith and Lexey Williams each had two aces. Alissa Smith had five kills, while Kassidy Bell had four and Maressa Hernandez had three.

On Thursday, Berryville hosts Huntsville and Green Forest travels to Pea Ridge. Action starts at 4:30 p.m.

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