Lady Bobcats look for lesson in first loss

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Berryville senior Taylor Swofford extends to put the ball over the net in Monday’s match against Ozark. The match was cut short after an Ozark player was hurt.
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By Scott Loftis

Junior Lauren Compton spikes the ball for Berryville.
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The Berryville Lady Bobcats suffered their first loss of the 2019 volleyball season on Tuesday, Sept. 24, as visiting Farmington beat the Lady Bobcats in three sets at Bobcat Gym.

Although she was disappointed in the loss, Berryville coach Kristin Whetham hopes it can be a learning experience for her team.

“I’d rather lose now than lose later,” she said.

Berryville might have been due for a letdown after emotional victories over Harrison and Shiloh Christian.

“I felt like we kind of lost focus,” Whetham said. “I felt like we walked in thinking we could just win this game. … We just didn’t play our typical game. We didn’t do the things that we prepare to do on a regular basis.”

Speaking Thursday morning, Whetham said the Lady Bobcats had a good discussion about the loss Wednesday.

“We sat down yesterday in practice and went over some things and talked about what we can do to improve,” she said.

Senior Lexy Anderson had 11 kills against Farmington, while senior Taylor Swofford aded 10. Junior Lauren Compton had seven kills and senior Jordan Estepp had five. Lauren Compton and junior Lilli Compton each had two aces. Swofford had two blocks while senior Kate Powell had 17 assists and junior Abby Thurman added nine.

On Monday, Berryville won two of three sets against Ozark in a match that was shortened after an Ozark player was injured. Lauren Compton had seven kills in the shortened match, while Anderson and Estepp added four each and Swofford had one to go along with three blocks, three digs two aces. Anderson also had two aces, while Lauren Compton recorded four aces and six digs. Senior Kelsey Smith had three digs.

Berryville played at Prairie Grove on Thursday, then traveled to Green Forest on Monday.

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