Lady Panthers’ win streak halted at Greenwood
■ Siloam Springs had won four in a row prior to Thursday’s match.
GREENWOOD — Siloam Springs’ volleyball team was fired up and ready to go Thursday evening in its 5A/6A District 1 match at Greenwood, but a tough loss in the first set wound up setting the tone for the rest of the match, which resulted in a Greenwood sweep.
Greenwood outlasted the Lady Panthers 32-30 in an exciting game one, and the Lady Bulldogs rode that momentum to 25-13 and 25-10 wins in games two and three respectively to earn the win.
“30-32 is a heck of a score in volleyball,” said Siloam Springs head coach Joellen Wright. “We couldn’t have asked them to come out any better. They fought for every point, played together and executed well. I’m sure it drained us mentally in sets two and three when things weren’t going as well. We definitely have some things to work on. It was promising to see though where we could be.”
The loss snapped Siloam Springs’ four-match winning streak. It was also the Lady Panthers’ third loss this season to Greenwood, having dropped a pair of matches to the Lady Bulldogs at the Bentonville Early Bird Classic.
Ellie Lampton led the Lady Panthers (5-10, 3-2) with nine kills, one block, three aces and two digs. Chloe Price had five kills, one block, four digs and 13 assists.
Shaylon Sharp had two kills, three aces and 12 digs, while Allie Bowman and Kenlie Noel each had one kill, one block and one ace. Katie Kendrick had one block, while Kailee Thomason had five digs, Madison Hall four digs and Kirsten Loftis three digs.
Siloam Springs lost the junior varsity game 25-23, 2514, and the Lady Panthers also lost the sophomore game 25-21, 25-17.
Siloam Springs 3, Russellville 0
The Lady Panthers picked up their fourth straight victory on Tuesday with a sweep of the Lady Cyclones (25-10, 25-8, 25-15) inside Panther Activity Center.
Siloam Springs took a commanding lead early in set one, scoring the first five points and going up 10-2. Ellie Lampton and Reigan Brown had kills in that stretch, while Lampton also had a block and Shaylon Sharp and Allie Bowman both served aces.
Russellville cut it 12-7, but the Lady Panthers scored the next six points to go up 18-7 and finish with a 25-10 win.
In set two, the Lady Panthers led 6-1 early, but Russellville went on a 4-1 run to pull within 7-5 after a kill from Hannah Vines.
However, the Lady Panthers got the serve back on the next point and Madison Hall then served 17 straight times as Siloam Springs went on a 17-0 run to go up 24-5 before finishing off a 25-8 win. Hall served two aces in that run, and Sharp had three kills.
Russellville came out with better energy in set three, taking a 13-12 lead, but the Lady Panthers got the lead back at 16-13. The Lady Cyclones (15, 1-3) pulled within 16-15 after a kill from Cassie Johnson, but the Lady Panthers scored the next nine points to finish off the sweep.
Sharp finished with nine kills, 10 aces and 12 digs, while Lampton had six kills, three digs, four solo blocks and three block assists. Brown contributed five kills, while Bowman had four kills, one ace and four digs.
Chloe Price led with 28 assists along with two digs and three block assists. Hall served two aces and had six digs, while Kailee Thomason had eight digs and Kirsten Loftis three digs.
The Siloam Springs JV team defeated Russellville 2-1 (25-20, 22-25, 15-13).
Siloam Springs returns to action this week with three matches. The Lady Panthers host Farmington on Monday in a 5A/6A District 1 match and then hosts Huntsville on Tuesday for a nonconference match. On Thursday, the Lady Panthers turn around and play Farmington again.
Siloam Springs senior Kenlie Noel went up for a block Tuesday in the Lady Panthers’ 3-0 win at home against Russellville.