GF looking to get over hump

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Green Forest volleyball team was busy last week, going 2-1 with wins over Eureka Springs and Yellville-Summit and a loss to Alpena.

Green Forest 3, Eureka Springs 1

Green Forest got a 25-7, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16 home win over the Lady Highlanders on Thursday. The Lady Tigers came out strong in the first set, as Rachael Evans had five aces and Alissa Smith had four. Evans finished the match with 10 aces and Lexey Williams had six. Kassidy Bell and Smith each had 12 kills. Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said it was important for the Lady Tigers to finish the week with a win.

"That was not a perfect game for us, but it's nice going into the weekend with some momentum," Killingsworth said. "Hopefully we can do something with it."

Alpena 3, Green Forest 2

Alpena got a good 25-20, 20-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-10 victory over Green Forest last Tuesday. This isn't what Killingsworth was hoping to see, as she continues to say it's important for the Lady Tigers to get a breakthrough victory.

"We have to get past that mental hurdle," Killingsworth said. "It seems like that has been the theme of the season, but we just haven't been able to do it. I don't know what it's going to take for us to do it. It's just frustrating."

For the match, Smith had 24 kills and Bell had 18. Vanessa Perez had 48 digs and Maressa Hernandez had four aces. Despite the loss, Killingsworth said her team played hard.

"It's not for a lack of effort," Killingsworth said. "They are out there hustling, they just aren't making the plays when they need to."

Green Forest 3, Yellville-Summit 1

Green Forest's 25-23, 16-25, 25-20, 25-13 home victory over Yellville-Summit last Monday was a complete turnaround from the match at Yellville-Summit when the Panthers won in straight sets.

"That was good for us," Killingsworth said. "We needed some confidence and I would like to think a win over a team we had lost to earlier in the year would give us some. And we played really well in that game, so that was good to see."

Smith finished the match with six aces, while Williams had five. Bell had 10 digs, while Stacy Flores and Smith each had 38 digs. On Monday, Green Forest traveled to Cotter.

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