October 1, 2008 Edition

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WR, Hoxie split games

Hoxie's Chasity Becker (from left) and Kelsey Lewis battle at the net with Lady Bobcat Amanda Emison on Sept. 23. Walnut Ridge won the senior high game, while the Lady Mustangs won the junior high contest.
TD Photo ~ Debbie Richey
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Cross-town rivals Walnut Ridge and Hoxie met in a 3A-Northeast Conference volleyball showdown at Hoxie's Hicks Gymnasium on Sept. 23.

In the senior high contest, Walnut Ridge won the first two games 25-23 and 27-25. The Lady Mustangs fought back to win the next two games 25-17 and 25-14. The Lady Bobcats prevailed in the decisive fifth game 15-10 to earn the road victory.

"The girls worked so hard in this game and they wanted it so bad," said Walnut Ridge coach Lindy Baker. "I am so proud of how all the girls have stepped up. They are finally working together as a team."

For Walnut Ridge, Amber Caldwell was 17-of-21 serving and had nine assists. Lacey Cobble was 17-of-18 from the line and had 14 kills and 20 digs. Samantha Knight served 12-of-14 and had 20 digs. Chelsey Linebaugh went 18-of-18 from the line, with five aces and 16 assists. Josie Wagoner served 9-of-11 and had 13 digs. Amanda Emison was 9-of-10 serving, with 10 digs, and Carrie Massy had eight kills and five blocks.

For Hoxie, Chasity Becker had 10 assists and four kills. Courtney Jones was 19-of-21 from the line, with two aces, seven digs, seven kills and two blocks. Shayla Coats was 11-of-11 from the line, with an ace and four digs. Kelsey Lewis had four digs, three blocks and seven kills. Kelsey Dobbs had seven digs, and Erika Manis had four. Brianna Liscomb had eight kills, and Devine Wilson had two kills. Amanda Whaley had 12 assists.

Junior high

The Hoxie junior high team defeated Walnut Ridge 25-22, 25-22.

For Hoxie, Alyssa Coggins had an ace and four kills. Sarah Manis was 6-of-6 from the line, with two aces and four assists. Hali Pratt had three aces and four assists. Courtney Sears had two digs and a kill, and Maddison Woodard had two kills.

For Walnut Ridge, Christin Holsapple was 5-of-7 serving, with two aces and four digs. Brittney Dobbs was 8-of-8 from the line, with four aces, four kills and eight digs. Alexia Crow was 7-of-8 from the line, with an ace and three digs. Tayler Ginn was 6-of-7 serving, with an ace, two kills and three digs, and Ashlyn Cothern went 6-of-6 from the line, with an ace.

Walnut Ridge also picked up wins in the senior high B match, 26-24, and the junior high B match, 25-22.

Hoxie won the seventh grade contest 25-21.

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