Lady 'Cats down Pea Ridge
The Berryville Lady Bobcats started strong and finished strong Tuesday night in a 25-10, 25-19, 23-25, 25-14 home victory over Pea Ridge.
"We came out ready to play because I think we were expecting more from Pea Ridge in that first set," Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. "We won that second set and we got in the mentality of 'oh, they aren't very good.' And that got us in trouble, but going into the fourth set I made it clear to them that when we get into that championship game and underestimate a team or don't finish a team, I told them that could end up costing you a championship. We have got to quit dropping sets when there is no reason for us to."
Two early aces by Kamryn Smith and three kills by Chaney Seitz helped give Berryville a 10-2 lead in that first set. A Kelcee Hopper block extended that lead to 16-2 and Aspen Smith's ace gave Berryville a 19-3 lead. Hopper's dig gave Berryville the first-set victory. Lexy Anderson's kill gave the Lady Bobcats an early 4-3 lead in the second set and Taylor Swofford's kill tied the set at 9-9. A kill by Hannah Morrell extended that lead to 18-15 and Hopper's kill gave Berryville the second-set victory.
Anderson's block gave Berryville an early 7-5 lead in the third set and Nora Waller's dig gave the Lady Bobcats a 21-20 lead, but they went on to lose the set. The fourth set went great for Berryville, though. An Anderson kill gave Berryville an 8-6 lead. Seitzís ace gave Berryville a 10-6 lead and Morrell's ace extended the Lady Bobcat lead to 16-10. Hopper's block gave Berryville the fourth-set victory.
"We came out and played more aggressive in that fourth set," Whetham said. "We were more aggressive on the net, we served a lot better than we did in that third set. Sometimes we need to be reminded of why we are out there on the floor. It's not just to win games, it's to get better and be the best we can at the end of the year."
Berryville 3, Farmington 0
Berryville got an easy three-set home victory over Farmington to begin the week, winning 25-16, 25-18, 25-17. This was the second meeting of the year between the two teams.
"We served the ball really well," Whetham said. "Farmington wasn't the same team we played earlier this year. I don't know if it was the trip over that got them or what, but whatever it was, it was in our advantage that they didn't step on the floor ready to play."
On Thursday, Berryville hosted Alpena.