Young Lady Tigers Vol­ley­ballers Asked To Grow Up Quick

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

PRAIRIE GROVE — On Aug. 27, Prairie Grove handed Lin­coln a 25-8, 25-16 and 25-10 loss as the Lady Tigers took on their U.S. 62 ri­val to the west.

The Lady Wolves swept Prairie Grove to end the 2017 reg­u­lar sea­son and the Lady Tigers were anx­ious to show their game. Sopho­more Madi­son Hutchi­son dished out 11 of the Lady Tigers’ 27 as­sists. Prairie Grove served 9 aces. Three play­ers had two apiece: ju­nior Sa­man­tha Blosser, Hutchi­son, and sopho­more Makin­sey Par­nell.

“We played one of our bet­ter matches all year, the girls were up for it ob­vi­ously,” said Prairie Grove coach Mat Ste­wart. “Lin­coln, we con­sider a ri­val as well as Farm­ing­ton and I think last year was pretty dis­ap­point­ing to them, didn’t play well; but again Lin­coln played well last year. We just came out and clicked re­ally well that night, passed well, served well, and that def­i­nitely helped us.”

Sopho­more Syd­ney Stear­man ac­counted for 11 of Prairie Grove’s 40 digs. Prairie Grove had 8 blocks led by ju­nior Jansen Wil­liams with 4.

“De­fen­sively, I feel like we have one of the bet­ter liberos in the league, Syd­ney Stear­man, just a sopho­more, ex­tremely quick and ath­letic,” Ste­wart said. “Her pass­ing has im­proved so much since the sum­mer. She’s put in the work and she’s do­ing a great job.”

Senior Sophia Nun­zi­ato pounded 11 kills while sopho­mores Lexi Light (6) and Kennedy Con­rad (5) equalled that num­ber with their com­bined ef­forts. Ste­wart noted Nun­zi­ato is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced Lady Tigers and an of­fen­sive leader.

“Hit­ting-wise, Sophia Nun­zi­ato, one of our se­niors, one of our two that played quite a bit, out­side hit­ter, she gets a good set she’s go­ing to put it down,” Ste­wart said. “She is our kill leader on the year.”

And then we have an­other senior, our set­ter Emma Mar­aver and she is a move-in from Spain, and she’s def­i­nitely helped us a lot. They like vol­ley­ball in Spain so she’s helped us.”

MARK HUMPHREY ENTERPRISE-LEADER

Prairie Grove senior out­side hit­ter Sophia Nun­zi­ato plays a hit off the set of ju­nior Jansen Wil­liams dur­ing a home match. Nun­zi­ato leads the Lady Tigers in kills.

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