Lady Mounties in line for No. 4 seed
Rogers High has sewed up the No. 4 seed out of the 7A-West in Class 7A state tournament no matter what happens in Tuesday’s league finale at Springdale High.
But Rogers (22-12, 7-6 7A-West) will be looking to finish league play on a roll against the Lady Red’Dogs, who are still vying for the final state tournament spot. br>
The Lady Mounties rode a strong service game to a 3-0 win over Bentonville West on Thursday, after getting swept in three close sets against Bentonville earlier in the week.
Rogers will take on Mount St. Mary, the No. 5 seed out of the Central, in the first round of the state tournament at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Har-Ber’s Wildcat Arena.The Lady Mounties will close the season at Fort Smith Southside, the No. 3 seed out of the Central, on Thursday in a tune-up between two state tournament teams.
The Lady Mounties have improved and many areas throughout the season, Rogers coach Christina Lawrence said.Sophomore libero Anna Randels, along with junior middles Emily Harris and Alex Parish have gotten better.
“I think we’re playing more consistent volleyball,” Lawrence said. “Before we struggled passing. We couldn’t even run a drill where I would have them pass and set to themselves. They’ve developed skill-wise. They’ve made some amazing strides.
“Our middles are being more effective. Our blocking is better. I feel like mentally, too. We were down 19-8 to Bentonville. We could have easily laid down and died, but they fought. We’re excited and playing pretty good volleyball.
Lady War Eagles host Har-Ber in season finale
Rogers Heritage is still searching for its first 7A-West Conference win, but closes the season against a tough opponent Tuesday night.
The Lady War Eagles (2-22-3, 0-13 7A-West) travels to league co-leader Springdale Har-Ber. Heritage dropped a tough four-set loss at Bentonville West last week and also got swept at Bentonville.This will snap a streak of three consecutive state tournament appearances for Heritage.
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Lady Tigers battle tough in Kansas
Bentonville tuned up for its final regular-season match and the upcoming Class 7A state tournament by participating in a tournament at Blue Valley, Kan.
The Lady Tigers wound up dropping a close match to nationally ranked Blue Valley Northwest to go to the Silver Bracket. Bentonville then defeated Bishop Miege for the first time in school history, then dropped a three-set match to Olathe (Kan.) South in the Silver Bracket finals.
“I saw a lot of improvement as far as the work with the alignment we want to stick with,” Bentonville coach Michelle Smith said. “I also saw more consistency toward long rallies and keeping up our energy levels. That was some much needed improvement.”
The Lady Tigers will close out the regular season Tuesday at Bentonville West before playing as the 7A-West’s third seed in the state tournament next week at Springdale Har-Ber. Bentonville will play Cabot in first-round action.
“I expect a lot of healthy competition, as it should be between two local rivals,” Smith said. “It’s going to be a nice way to finalize conference play, and we would like to end it on a good note.”
Tourney hopes lie in last match
Bentonville West’s hopes of a state tournament appearance in its inaugural season rests upon the final match of the regular season.
The Lady Wolverines will earn a postseason berth next week if they can defeat Bentonville at home Tuesday or if Springdale High drops its match against Rogers High. West has the tie-breaker advantage over Springdale, based on the margin of victories in the two matches against the Lady Red’Dogs.
If West loses and Springdale wins, then the Lady Red’Dogs earn the tournament berth.
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Schisler proud of her team as regular season winds down
Har-Ber coach Shyrah Schisler choked up last Thursday when speaking to the home crowd about her group of 11 seniors before the Lady Wildcats’ straight-set win against Van Buren.
Schisler and her team is experiencing success that, in her eyes, is much-deserved. In 2015, Har-Ber made a run to the state finals and, this year, has set a school record for wins in a season with 29.
“For them, that’s a goal they’ve wanted to achieve,” Schisler said of the team’s 29 wins. “With that said it makes it a bit sweeter (given what the seniors have gone through). Hopefully tomorrow night we can do our jobs and get a 30-win season because that’s kind of unheard of especially with the competition we play. I think they know how special that is.”
The Lady Wildcats are entering Tuesday with a playoff mentality against Rogers Heritage.
“I think it’s really great to finish up conference play tomorrow night and we’re really excited,” she said. “We’re excited to hopefully go in and play well tomorrow night. There’s some things we need to work on that will prepare us to go into the state tournament.
“I think we’ll be the two-seed and we’re all right with that. The way it’s looking we may play a team we’ve lost to, and I think it’ll be more motivation for us and make us more hungry.”
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Lady Red’Dogs in ‘win to get in’ mode on Senior Night
Springdale and coach Meagan Thompson will honor seven Lady Red’Dog seniors prior to its match all-important match against Rogers High on Tuesday.
Thompson’s club – in the midst of a five-match losing skid – sits in a tie with Bentonville West at 3-10 in conference play as West faces Bentonville Tuesday. As of Monday, Rogers is a game over .500 in the 7A-West at 7-6.
Should Springdale win and West lose, Springdale is in the state tournament. But if both lose, the Lady Wolverines own the tiebreaker.
Repeated attempts to contact Thompson were unsuccessful.
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The Lady Bulldogs close out the 7A-West Conference regular season Tuesday at Van Buren. With a win, Fayetteville (26-6, 12-1 7A-West) will be the No. 1 seed from the conference at next week’s Class 7A Tournament at Springdale Har-Ber.
Fayetteville earned the tiebreaker for the top spot with its sweep of Springdale Har-Ber last week at Bulldog Arena, 25-14, 25-17, 25-15. The Lady’Dogs lost to Har-Ber in five sets earlier in the regular season but now hold the edge for top seed over the Lady Wildcats after the sweep.
The Lady Purple’Dogs closed out last week with a 25-9, 25-17, 25-14 sweep over Springdale High on Senior Night on Thursday, in a match in which all 11 seniors played and scored.
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