Dropped sets are concern for coach
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Lady Bobcats keep winning conference matches, but coach Kristin Whetham would like to see her team tighten things up just a little.
Specifically, Whetham isn’t happy that the Lady Bobcats have lost a set in each of their past two conference victories, the latest coming on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Gravette.
Berryville rallied after losing the first set to win 18-25, 25-9, 25-18, 25-21.
With Berryville (10-1, 7-1 4A Northwest) trailing first-place Farmington by one game in the conference standings, Whetham is worried that lost sets could hurt the Lady Bobcats in the event that a tiebreaker is needed.
“I’m not too fond of the fact that we’re losing sets for no reason,” Whetham said. “It could come back to bite us. We just didn’t show up ready to play the first set against Gravette.”
Seniors Taylor Swofford, Jordan Estepp and Lexy Anderson led the Lady Bobcats’ offensive attack against Gravette. Swofford had 14 kills while Estepp added 11 and Anderson 10. Junior Lauren Compton had six kills and two aces, while junior Lilli Compton had a team-high five aces. Senior Kelsey Smith had two aces and 21 digs. Senior Kate Powell had 26 assists and Swofford and Estepp each had two blocks.
The Lady Bobcats played in the Neosho Invitational Tournament over the Oct. 4-6 weekend in Neosho, Mo. In a two-set format against Missouri teams, Berryville beat Lockwood and East Newton and split with Joplin to reach the Gold bracket before losing to Northwest Cedar Hill.
“We actually performed better than we ever have in that tournament,” Whetham said. “We’ve played there the last three years and this is the first time we’ve gotten to the Gold bracket.”
Whetham said splitting with Joplin was an accomplishment for Berryville. The Lady Eagles, who went on to finish second in the tournament, compete in Missouri’s top classification.
“They’re probably the most solid team we’ve played so far,” Whetham said.