Lady Bobcats finish 2nd at Volleyfest

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Berryville Lady Bobcats competed in the Washburn, Mo., Volleyfest Tournament on Saturday, the first of three weekend tournaments Berryville will be competing in throughout the year. After a busy day in which the Lady Bobcats faced six opponents, Berryville came in second place. Five of those matches came against schools from Missouri.

"I was extremely proud of my girls," Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. "We were playing with a different lineup because Hannah Morrell wasn't there. So I moved Chaney Seitz to middle and put Maryn Jones at right side. And Maryn hasn't played in a varsity game all year, she is one of my good JV players."

Berryville had defeated Cassville 2-0 earlier in the day, but later lost the rematch to finish second.

"In my opinion, we knew we had beaten them earlier in the day so I don't think we played as hard," Whetham said. "We definitely made a lot more mistakes the second time against them so they didn't really beat us, we kind of beat ourselves."

Whetham hopes that by going to these tournaments in Missouri will help get her team ready for the stretch run of the season.

"We are playing quite a few better teams than what we play on our schedule," Whetham said. "Playing these teams will help prepare us for the state tournament."

Berryville hosts Pea Ridge on Tuesday for a big conference match.

"As much as I want to beat Farmington (on Monday) and I want to beat them both," Whetham said. "But if I had to choose one, I would want to beat Pea Ridge because they are in our conference. We already played Farmington once this year. We took them to four sets and beat them. Having them on our home court will help and hopefully that will carry over to Tuesday. Huntsville beat Pea Ridge in four sets earlier this year and we beat Huntsville in four sets earlier this year. We have to come out and take care of business on our end. The first two matches this week are going to be tough."

Whetham said she was proud of the way Taylor Swofford and Lexy Anderson played.

The match with Pea Ridge starts at 4 p.m.

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