Bryant beaten in opener

The Saline Courier - - NEWS - By Tony Le­na­han tle­na­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

HOT SPRINGS – The Bryant Lady Hor­nets vol­ley­ball team got off to a tough start to the sea­son Tues­day in Hot Springs. After de­feat­ing the Lake­side Lady Rams 29-27 in a com­pet­i­tive first set, Lake­side would sweep Bryant the rest of the way with 25-8, 25-7 and 25-16 vic­to­ries for the 3-1 win.

“It was a def­i­nitely a roller­coaster ride,” said Bryant Coach Leigh Ann Back. “We played a phe­nom­e­nal first set and then the sec­ond set we strug­gled with all as­pects of the game. They have a very good player on their squad and we al­lowed her to sin­gle­hand­edly beat us the sec­ond and third set. We had some peo­ple that were just out of po­si­tion so we had to make some sub­sti­tu­tions and try some other peo­ple in that po­si­tion.”

The Lady Rams had 20 wins a sea­son ago, so the Lady Hor­nets didn’t start their year with a cup­cake.

“Lake­side is very good, very ex­pe­ri­enced, very knowl­edge­able, a very good coach,” Back said. “They’re a salty crew.”

Though Bryant didn’t play well in the fi­nal three sets, the Lady

Hor­nets were solid in the first one.

“In the first set, it was a true, very bal­anced team ef­fort,” Back said. “Ev­ery­body was do­ing what they needed to do.”

The Lady Hor­nets will host the Pu­laski Acad­emy Lady Bru­ins today at 4:30 p.m., with a fish fry catered by River­side Gro­cery at 4 p.m.

“PA is coached by a good friend of mine,” Back said of PA Coach Sa­van­nah Ja­coby. “I have a cou­ple of fam­ily friends

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Bryant se­nior Kiarra Beard serves in a ben­e­fit match last week. The Lady Hor­nets fell 3-1 to Lake­side Thurs­day to open the sea­son.

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