October 15, 2008 Edition

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Lady Cats beat Hoxie

Walnut Ridge's Amber Caldwell (left) faces off at the net with Lady Mustang Chasity Becker. Hoxie's Brianna Liscomb (#20) is in the background. The Lady Bobcats came out on top, 13-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-21.
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Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge and Hoxie squared off in 3A Northeast conference volleyball action at Walnut Ridge's Sharum Gymnasium on Oct. 7.

The Lady Bobcats won a hard-fought senior high match in four games 13-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-21.

"The girls really came together as a team tonight. They were not having one of their best games, but they pulled together and battled their way through," said Lady Cats coach Lindy Baker.

"I have been impressed each game with their effort and how they never give up. Even after getting beaten pretty badly the first game of the match, they came back and took the next three. They just never gave up."

Chelsey Linebaugh was 26-of-27 serving, with six aces and had 10 assists, five digs and four kills. Amber Caldwell was 12-of-14 from the line, with an ace and had nine assists. Lacey Cobble served 14-of-15 and had eight kills, 18 digs and a block. Amanda Emison was 10-of-12 from the line, with two aces, and had seven kills and eight digs, and Emily Holder was 7-of-7 serving.

For the Lady Mustangs, Courtney Jones was 15-of-15 serving, with five aces and had five kills and two blocks. Amanda Whaley was 13-of-13 from the line and had 17 assists. Kelsey Lewis had 10 kills and a block, and Chasity Becker had nine kills. Shayla Coats and Kelsey Dobbs each had six digs.

Hoxie took the win in the junior high match 25-13, 25-22.

For Hoxie, Sarah Manis was 8-of-8 serving, with three aces and had three assists. Courtney Sears was 6-of-6 from the line, with three aces, and had two kills. Alyssa Coggins had nine kills and two blocks. Emily Freer had two aces and four digs.

"Our junior high team came out and played really hard," said Baker. "We were missing three starters, and to play that close to a tough Hoxie team really impressed me."

Walnut Ridge also picked up wins in the senior high B game, 25-23, the junior high B game, 25-21, and the seventh grade game, 16-12.

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