Takin' Care of Business: Lady Bobcats top Green Forest, Pea Ridge
By Scott Loftis
Elvis Presley once had a private airplane with “TCB” emblazoned on the tail as a reminder of his “Takin’ Care of Business” motto.
Don’t be surprised if the same TCB logo shows up sometime soon on the Berryville Lady Bobcats’ team bus.
The Lady Bobcats this week continued their strong bounceback from the season’s first loss. Berryville swept Green Forest in three sets on the Lady Tigers’ home floor Monday, then beat Pea Ridge in four sets Tuesday at Bobcat Gym.
Berryville topped Green Forest 25-15, 25-15, 25-13, then beat Pea Ridge 25-23, 25-17, 24-26, 25-21.
“We’re just taking care of business,” Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. “Everybody’s doing their part.”
Since being swept in three sets by Farmington on Sept. 24, the Lady Bobcats (9-1, 6-1 4A Northwest) have lost just one set in winning their last three matches.
Whetham said it’s no coincidence that the Lady Bobcats have buckled down after the Farmington loss.
‘I think they realized that if they don’t play up to their potential, anybody can beat them,” Whetham said. “Don’t get me wrong. Farmington is really good. They’re undefeated in the conference. But that doesn’t mean we can’t beat them.”
Senior Lexy Anderson had a team-high 15 kills in the victory at Green Forest, with senior Taylor Swofford adding 12 and senior Jordan Estepp 10. Junior Lauren Compton had five kills.
Lauren Compton also had three aces and eight digs. Anderson, Swofford and sophomore Lilli Compton each added two aces, and Swofford also had eight digs.
Senior Kate Powell had a team-high four aces and 28 assists. Senior Kelsey Smith had eight digs and Estepp had the Lady Bobcats’ only block.
Whetham was complimentary of Green Forest (9-4, 5-2 3A-North), in its first season under coach Christie Popejoy.
“They’re better than they have been,” she said. “They’ve really done well in their conference.”
Whetham had high praise for Smith’s play in the victory over Pea Ridge. The senior libero finished with 29 digs and helped neutralize Pea Ridge outside hitter Josey Goldberg, whom Whetham called one of the best players in the conference.
“Kelsey Smith did an amazing job at libero,” Whetham said. “For her to get a dig every time No. 7 hit the ball, that’s phenomenal.”
Estepp also made two crucial blocks late in the final set to help close out the victory over Pea Ridge.
Compton led the Lady Bobcats with 13 kills while Swofford added 11 and Anderson had eight kills and seven aces. Lilli Compton finished with three kills and four aces, while Powell had four aces and 15 assists. Junior Abby Thurman had a team-high 16 assists. Swofford and Estepp each had two blocks.
Berryville traveled to Gravette on Thursday, while Green Forest played at Atkins.