Lady Bobcats get conference win over Huntsville

Friday, September 7, 2018
Berryville's Taylor Swofford spikes the ball across the net in last week's match against Huntsville.
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The number 13 was unlucky for the Huntsville Lady Eagles, as they fell to the Berryville Lady Bobcat volleyball team, 25-13, 25-13, 25-13 Thursday evening at Bobcat Gym.

"One thing we have been working on a lot this year in practice is consistency," Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. "We have been going on roller coasters where we score, but then we take a little break and let them score. I think my girls played pretty well. We played pretty consistent the whole game. We won every set 25-13. We didn't score, get ahead and quit playing. We kept pushing forward throughout."

In the first set, Berryville led 9-6, but two aces by Hannah Morrell, and two kills by Jordan Estepp helped extend the Lady Bobcat lead to 17-8. Taylor Swofford also had a kill in that set and Morrell's kill ended the set.

"It's the second game of the year," Whetham said. "We are still making some mistakes that we shouldn't be making, but as we go along those are going to get better. We are still making some hitting errors because we want to play more aggressive this year. We don't want to just tip the ball over, we want to attack the ball every chance we get. As a result, we are going to make some mistakes. As a result, some teams might stay closer to us before we get going."

In the second set, the Lady Bobcats were tied at 6-6 early before going on a 7-0 run. Swofford had four kills in the second set and finished the game with 12. Whetham was proud of the way she played, along with Kelsey Smith.

"It was good to see Taylor play well," Whetham said. "She has been working hard. And then Kelsey, at the libero position, she played pretty much every ball that came to her. That's her job. And she got some kills. She got quite a few back row attacks. She is a strong back row hitter for us and we like to set her the ball on the back row. She has really embraced that libero position and done a really good job."

In the third set, Maryn Jones had two kills, while Morrell had two aces. Lauren Compton added two kills, as well.

Berryville's next three matches are all on the road, but Whetham isn't concerned.

"We are going to Blue Eye, which they beat us the first game last year and took us to five sets," Whetham said. "I think they have pretty much everybody back, so it will be a tough matchup, but if we keep playing the way we are and progressing like we should, then we will be fine. Then we go to Gentry. That's a long road trip, but we should bring back a win there. With Harrison, I'm not sure. I think they are down from what they normally are. We have to come ready to play. If we do that, we have a chance to win."

Berryville's first match is Tuesday at Blue Eye, Mo. The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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