The Benton Lady Panthers were swept by Lake Hamilton in three games Tuesday night (16-25, 23-25, 23-25.)
In the first game, Emily Morgan had four kills, Alex Williams had a kill and Erin Jackson had a kill. Hayley Ferguson had an ace.
In the second game, the Benton Lady Panthers had 14 kills. Williams had two, Morgan had four, Allison Reynolds had two and Ferguson had three. Kristen Ryan had two kills and Jackson had one.
Williams had an ace in game two. Reynolds, Morgan and Williams all had blocks.
“It was just one of those games that could have gone either way,” coach Brandy Chumley said about game two. “It just finished with them coming out on top.”
Chumley said there were hitting errors on both sides and both teams had opportunities to pull off the win.
“They just ended up with a win,” Chumley said. “We had opportunities to win, we just didn’t finish.”
In the third game, the Lady Panthers had 12 kills. Ferguson had three, Morgan had five, Williams had two and Reynolds had one. Morgan and Williams both had a block.
“Our girls never quit,” Chumley said. “You can tell by the score of the game. We just made too many mistakes and too many errors.”
The 6A State Tournament will be held at Mountain Home beginning Oct. 25. Benton will play J.A. Fair Thursday at home beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Last week, the ninth-grade team remained undefeated with a two-game sweep, winning 25-23, 25-22. Benton had 24 kills on the night, including 10 from Ashlie Dintleman
On defense, the Benton Lady Panthers had 65 digs. Kendall Meadors came up with 22 of those 65.
For the eighth-grade team, the Lady Panthers lost 19-25, 25-20 and 11-15. The eighth grade team defeated Conway 26-24, 26-24.
The Benton Jr. High volleyball team swept Cabot North on Sept. 26. In the first eighth-grade game, Benton won 25-15, 25-18 and in the second, the Lady Panthers won 25-14, 25-15. Ashlyn Price and Jordan Herbner both had three aces on the night.
In ninth-grade action, the Lady Panthers won 25-11, 25-18. Braylee Landreth led the team with six kills on the night, followed by Baylee Doggett with five.