Lady Bobcats deliver breakthrough victory

Friday, September 27, 2019

By Scott Loftis

In 14 years as Berryville’s head volleyball coach, Kristin Whetham had never won on Shiloh Christian’s home court in Springdale.

Until last Thursday, that is.

Whetham’s Lady Bobcats won their fifth straight match to open the 2019 season, beating Shiloh Christian in three sets. Berryville won 25-20, 25-22, 25-19.

“I got goose bumps,” Whetham said. “These girls gave me something that I had not experienced in 14 years.”

Whetham said Shiloh Christian is Berryville’s biggest rival in volleyball.

“You think about our rivals being Huntsville and Green Forest, but in volleyball it’s Shiloh. We see that name on their uniform and it seems like we cower down to them sometimes.”

But not last Thursday. The Lady Bobcats rolled to the straight-sets victory.

“We came out ready to play,” Whetham said. “We knew coming into it it was going to be a good match. We just made less errors than they did. That’s the thing, if you can get the ball over the net and make the other team make mistakes, you’ve got a chance.”

Senior Jordan Estepp led Berryville (5-0) with 10 kills, while senior Lexy Anderson added nine. Senior Taylor Swofford and junior Lauren Compton added eight kills each.

Lauren Compton had two aces, with Swofford, senior Kate Powell and junior Lilli Compton adding one apiece.

Estepp and sophomore Faith Kelley each had a block. Powell had 46 assists with junior Abby Thurman adding 41. Senior Kelsey Smith had a team-high 13 digs, while Swofford had 10.

Berryville hosted Ozark on Monday. The Lady Bobcats will be at home again Tuesday against Farmington, then will travel to Prairie Grove on Thursday.

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