Seniors lead Lady Bobcats to successful season
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Lady Bobcats would have liked to stick around a little while longer in last week’s Class 4A state volleyball tournament, but coach Kristin Whetham said she was still very proud of everything her team accomplished this fall.
A 3-0 loss to Valley View — which went on to win its fifth consecutive state championship — eliminated the Lady Bobcats from the state tournament at Morrilton, but it didn’t negate a season that included victories over Harrison and Shiloh Christian as well as a first-round state victory over Magnolia. The Lady Bobcats finished 16-5-1 and were among the final eight teams standing in Class 4A.
“All in all I thought the girls had a really good season,” Whetham said. “I thought we played well most of the time. Even against Valley View, we fought hard. We didn’t just lay down.”
Berryville was led by a corps of talented seniors — Lexy Anderson, Jordan Estepp, Kate Powell, Kelsey Smith and Taylor Swofford.
Whetham had praise for all her seniors, but especially for Powell.
“I can’t say enough about that girl,” Whetham said. “She stepped up and showed everyone what she was made of. She worked so hard. She came in with a different attitude. She wanted to get better. I was extremely proud of her.”
Anderson, a decorated basketball player, missed the 2018 volleyball season as she recovered from a knee injury.
“I thought Lexy came back strong,” Whetham said. “Jordan Estepp played the middle and did an amazing job. Taylor Swofford played a new position and really played well. I thought Kelsey Smith did a great job at her position. They all just took upon themselves to be leaders and set the example.”