Cruise control: Lady Bobcats get easy 3-set victory over Green Forest
By Ty Loftis
The Berryville Bobcat volleyball team defeated the Green Forest Lady Tigers with ease Monday night in Berryville, winning 25-15, 25-18, 25-7.
"It was a good win for us," Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. "We are still making some errors that we need to focus on, but we have had a lot of team-building experiences in the past couple weeks, just trying to get our team to play well together. Take ownership of our mistakes. And even ownership of things we do well."
Facing an early 2-3 deficit in the first set, Kelcee Hopper and Maryn Jones got back-to-back kills and Lili Compton got an ace to help give Berryville a 7-5 lead. Hannah Morrell, Kate Powell and Lauren Compton also got a kill in the set as the Lady Bobcats went on to get the first set victory.
Consecutive aces by Lauren Compton and back-to-back kills by Jones help give the Lady Bobcats a 16-9 lead in the second set. The Lady Tigers found a way to battle back, though. Green Forest's Skylar Howerton had two kills and Kassidy Bell added another as Green Forest closed the gap to 16-14, but the Lady Tigers were unable to get any closer.
Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth is still proud of the effort her team showed in the comeback attempt.
"Lexey Williams made a little run with her serve at point 11," Killingsworth said. "That is where we started waking up a little bit. She served four points in a row and we forced them into a timeout. That was good to see. Maybe we weren't competitive out of the gate, but we had a little fire in us."
Whetham wasn't pleased with the way her team eased up midway through that second set.
"We get kind of lackadaisical," Whetham said. "We get relaxed and think we can win this game without giving 100 percent effort. We had a little discussion about that in the huddle before the third set and they came out ready to go."
The Lady Bobcats came out and took a commanding 12-1 lead in the third set. In the set, Berryville's Jordan Estepp got a block, Karleigh Giles got a kill and Powell had three aces. Green Forest's Maddie Youngblood had eight digs and Alissa Smith had six.
Killingsworth had hoped for more in that final set.
"I was hoping in the third set we would come out ready to play and make a run for it," Killingsworth said. "That was the time to do it, but we just came out really flat. We couldn't get out of serve-receive. That was frustrating. I felt like there was a big difference in the third set and the first two sets. Maybe that's a credit to them. Maybe they were hitting it harder, serving harder. We just didn't get the job done."
On Thursday, Green Forest hosted Atkins and Berryville hosted Gravette.