Lady Car­di­nals fly past Lady Lions in volleyball

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECKELS meck­els@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — As has been the case all sea­son long, the Gravette Lady Lions volleyball team strug­gled to main­tain its co­he­sion when it faced the Farm­ing­ton Lady Car­di­nals in the prac­tice gym at Gravette High School Oct. 4. The end re­sult was an­other con­fer­ence loss for the Lady Lions, three sets to one.

Farm­ing­ton gained con­trol of the first set early and even­tu­ally took the win, 25-16.

The sec­ond set was an en­tirely dif­fer­ent story. The Lady Lions took pos­ses­sion of much of the set, lead­ing by as much as 10. A time­out by the Farm­ing­ton coach turned the tide in the Lady Car­di­nals’ fa­vor as Farm­ing­ton went on a run that negated the Gravette lead. Lady Lions coach Brandi Varner took a time­out to let the Lady Car­di­nals cool down a bit. When Gravette took the court again, the in­ten­sity level be­gan to rise as the team came to­gether, keep­ing pace with Farm­ing­ton. How­ever, Farm­ing­ton main­tained its edge and went on to win the set, 25-20.

Just as it looked like Gravette would lose the match in straight sets, the fans, led by foot­ball and bas­ket­ball play­ers, came alive and the prac­tice gym erupted into Gravette fight chants. This was the push the Lady Lions needed to take the third set. With Gravette at set point, a sin­gle fin­ger was lifted high into the air by Lady Lions sup­port­ers, in­di­cat­ing that Gravette was a mere point away from win­ning the set. But Farm­ing­ton had other plans and be­gan cut­ting into the Gravette lead. With the score at 25-24 in fa­vor of the Lady Lions, the set vic­tory was rid­ing on the next shot. A Farm­ing­ton er­ror gave Gravette the point it needed to take the set, 26-24.

Gravette’s mo­men­tum car­ried over into the fourth set as Farm­ing­ton’s game plan be­gan to un­ravel. In yet an­other close set, the two teams bat­tled it out for ev­ery point. Once again, a time­out by Farm­ing­ton shifted the tide in fa­vor of the Lady Car­di­nals, who even­tu­ally took the fi­nal set, 25-21, and the match, three sets to one.

The Gravette Lady Lions volleyball team re­turns to the prac­tice gym at Gravette High School for its fi­nal game of the 2018 reg­u­lar sea­son. Nine se­niors will play their fi­nal match be­fore the home crowd Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. Se­niors Amanda Dun­can, Kaylee Midyett, Al­lie Cal­la­han, Ha­ley Daw­son, Han­nah Westrick and Brook­lyn Lykin will be hon­ored prior to the start of the var­sity con­test with the Pea Ridge Lady Black­hawks.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

Gravette’s Ha­ley Daw­son (18) passes the ball to one of her team­mates dur­ing the third set of the Gravet­teFarm­ing­ton var­sity volleyball con­test in the prac­tice gym at Gravette High School Oct. 4.

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