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Lady Cats open season with wins



Lady Bobcat Ashton Lawson sets the ball during Walnut Ridge's season volleyball opener against Newport on Aug. 24. The junior and senior high Lady Cats posted wins against Newport and Harrisburg to start the season at 2-0.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats volleyball team earned their second victory of the season with a win over conference foe Harrisburg Thursday at Sharum Gymnasium.

After dropping the first game 22-25, the Lady Cats stormed back to win the next three 25-12, 25-15, 25-12.

For Walnut Ridge, Ashley Baker had 37 digs. Beth Massey was 22-of-23 serving, with six aces. Christin Holsapple was 16-of-19 serving, with eight aces. Amanda Emison was 21-of-27 hitting, with five kills, while Katie Lewis was 13-of-19 hitting, with six kills. Lewis also had three blocks, including two solo blocks. Brittany Dobbs had a solo block.

As a team, Walnut Ridge finished with 25 aces and 15 kills.

With the win, the Lady Bobcats improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in 3A Northeast conference play.

Junior high

The junior Lady Bobcats defeated Harrisburg 25-18, 25-18.

Sabrina Knight was 10-13 serving, with seven aces, 16 digs and nine assists. Raven Dobbs had 13 digs. Caroline Kelley was 14-of-14 serving, with eight aces and finished 12-of-14 hitting, with eight kills.

Junior B

Harrisburg won a junior high B match 18-15.

For Walnut Ridge, Dylane Brown had four digs, and Stephann Petty had eight digs. Baylee Bridges went 11-of-13 serving, and Rebecca Russell was 4-of-5 serving.

Newport

The Lady Bobcat volleyball teams began the regular season by winning two-of-three matches from visiting Newport on Aug. 24.

Walnut Ridge won the senior high match 25-17, 25-10, 25-9.

Baker went 15-of-17 serving, with five aces, and had 28 digs. Ashton Lawson had 10 digs and eight assists. Lewis was 11-of-13 hitting, with five kills and six blocks, including two solos. Emison was 5-of-8 hitting, with four kills. Ashlyn Cothern had four assists.

Junior high

Walnut Ridge won the junior high match 25-17, 25-14.

Hannah Massey had 13 digs. Anna Bland was six-of-six serving and 12-of-14 hitting. Knight had 12 digs and eight assists. Dobbs was 10-of-14 serving, with four aces, and Kelley had two kills.

Junior B

The Walnut Ridge junior B team fell to Newport 13-20.

Tristan Simpson finished with seven digs, and Petty had eight digs. Bridges went eight-of-nine serving, while Brown was three-of-three serving.

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