The Bryant Lady Hornets’ varsity and junior varsity teams traveled to JA Fair High School in Little Rock for 6A South Conference action on Tuesday night and had little trouble coming out with victory sweeps. The varsity won 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-8) and the JV won 2-0 (25-9, 25-5).
“The girls played well, but we didn't play anywhere near our caliber of play,” Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said of the varsity. “The girls won the first game 25-10 then started to "play down" in Game 2.
The Lady Hornets (4-2, 2-0 7A/6A South) were tied at 8-apiece in the second set before Solomon called a timeout.
“I told the girls that we needed to pick it up and pretend that this was a 7A state tournament game,” Solomon said. “We had to force ourselves to play better. After that pep talk, the girls picked it up and finished Game 2 [on a 17-5 run].”
Bryant clearly outmatched Fair in all phases of the game, but when you have a lesser competition, it is sometimes tough to play at a high level.
“It was hard for the girls to get going,” Solomon said. “We just have to remember to treat every game like it's a state tournament 7A level of play game. The girls have to stay up.”
It was an aces kind of night as the Lady Hornets had 21 total aces led by senior Alyssa Anderson’s 10 on 17 of 17 serving. Anderson also led the team with seven kills and added a block. Seniors Brooke Howell and McKenzie Rice had five kills each, senior Courtney Davidson had four kills and four aces and senior Hannah Rice added four aces, three kills and led the team with 16 assists and eight digs. Senior libero Rochelle Aguilar had four digs and didn’t miss a pass or serve receive.
For the JV, they also aced Fair many times. Junior Erica Smith had six aces on 10 of 10 serving to lead the JV’s 17 aces for the match. “Erica Smith really stood out and has definitely improved on her serving,” Solomon said.
“Our JV played very well tonight,” she continued. “They had a really good serving game. Tonight's game seemed to center around our serving. We had quite a few aces tonight.”
Junior Aubree Allen had four aces and three kills, sophomore Madison Greeno had two aces on 13 of 13 serves, and sophomore Mercedes Dillard had three aces and led the team with four assists.
“Mercedes Dillard also had a great night and is becoming more and more comfortable with her role as our junior varsity setter,” Solomon said.
The varsity and JV will return to conference action when they host the Texarkana Lady Razorbacks on Thursday in Bryant. The JV begins at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity.