The Bryant Lady Hornets’ volleyball team defeated the Little Rock Central Lady Tigers in both teams’ first 7A Central conference match of the year. The Lady Hornets took the first two games of the match easily 25-13 and 25-14, before dropping the third set 25-23.
The Lady Tigers gave them some problems in the fourth, but the Lady Hornets pulled away and won 25-20.
“I’m happy we won,” Bryant coach Beth Solomon said. “It was a good win for our first conference game. Now we’re 1-0 and in conference. That’s a positive thing.
“I’m not happy that we went to four [games]. We should have finished it in three. With the scores from the first two games, it shouldn’t have went four.”
Bryant (2-1, 1-0 conference) got off to a 5-0 start in the first game and cruised to victory. LR Central (4-2, 1-0) was actually up 5-3 in the second game, but missed serves and unforced errors allowed the Lady Hornets to come back and beat the Lady Tigers easily.
“We started off slow and we can’t do that,” LR Central coach Chris Henry said.
“A lot of missed serves, particularly in the first two sets. We weren’t working well together as a unit.”
The third set was close all the way through with the Lady Tigers nipping the Lady Hornets. Solomon was at a loss to why her players lost focus, but it has been a recurring problem.
“I really don’t know,” Solomon said. “I don’t know if they just got too confident and thought they had it won so they just kind of shut down and stopped playing like they needed to. We’ve had a problem with that. The third game seems to be the game to stop doing whatever we were doing before.” “We got it together in the third set,” Henry said. “We got that one, and fourth [game], we were right there. We just have to put that finishing touch on the fourth set to get to a fifth set and we’re fine. When we learn how to do that, I’ll be happy.” The game was tied 18-18 in the fourth set, but the Lady Hornets pulled together and came away with the victory.
“Central always has a lot of talent on their team, so we knew they were going to have some talent,” Solomon said.
“They’ve got a second-year coach and he’s been working with them. They’re getting better.” Brooke Howell led the Lady Hornets with 11 kills in the match and Alyssa Anderson had 10.
Hannah Rice had 33 assists for the match and added 11 digs. Rice’s twin sister, McKenzie added five digs, as well as Lauren Reed.