Improvement is goal for Lady Bobcats

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Berryville sophomore Sidney Kisner goes up for a kill against Springdale.
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Berryville volleyball coach Kristin Whetham isn’t concerned that the Lady Bobcats aren’t playing like a championship contender two games into the season.

That’s not the goal at this point.

Berryville opened the 2021 season with a three-set loss to Springdale on Monday, Aug. 23, then lost to Pea Ridge the following day in four sets.

But neither match was a blowout. The Lady Bobcats scored 22 points in the first set against Class 6A Springdale before falling 22-25, 17-25, 15-25.

Against Pea Ridge, Berryville dropped the first two sets by identical scores of 20-25, but won the third set 25-22 before dropping the fourth set 19-25.

“We saw some improvement,” Whetham said. “And that’s what I keep telling my girls. You don’t want to be playing your best volleyball at the beginning. As long as we are improving and making strides to better ourselves and our team as a whole, then by midway through the season to the end of the season, if things start clicking, we’ll start making a run. Or, we hope we will start making a run. I’ll put it like that.”

Five sophomores are seeing regular playing time for the Lady Bobcats. One of those sophs, Sidney Kisner, had 13 kills in the loss to Pea Ridge.

“She plays outside,” Whetham said. “She’s really improving a whole lot.”

Junior Ava O’Gorek had three aces against Pea Ridge, while seniors Faith Kelley and Madison Beck had five kills apiece. Junior Mia Thurman recorded 22 assists and Kelley added 24 digs.

Berryville hosted Blue Eye on Monday. The Lady Bobcats will travel to Harrison on Thursday.

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