JV win sparks varsity to impressive league victory at Cabot

CABOT — Buoyed by a rousing comeback win by the junior varsity team, the Bryant Lady Hornets rolled to a three-game sweep in a 7A/6A-Central Conference match on the road against the Cabot Lady Panthers on Thursday night.

The Bryant varsity won 25-16, 25-13, 25-18 to bounce back from a disappointing home loss in league play to Mount St. Mary Academy on Tuesday.

In the JV match, Bryant eked out a 25-23 win in the first game but lost the second 16-25 to set up the rubber game which the Lady Hornets won 15-7.[more]

“The girls played amazing tonight,” declared Bryant coach Beth Solomon.

“The JV had a rough time getting started but really turned up the heat in their third game,” she added. “They finally ended the losing streak they’ve been having and played well.”

Brooke Howell and Alyssa Anderson contributed eight kills each in the JV win. Anderson also had four blocks. Alex Boone served up three aces and Taylor West pitched in with 13 assists. Defensively, Kaylon Wilson produced 13 digs.

“The varsity fed off of the JV win and pushed hard to start off game one with an eight-point lead,” Solomon recounted. “The girls got going from the start and kept going. They did a great job.”

Brianna White knocked down 11 kills. Hannah Rice had 15 assists and, in service, picked up three aces. She and Lauren Reed each had 10 digs and Maggie Hart came through with five blocks.

“When they had little lulls tonight, you couldn’t tell because we were ahead by so much,” Solomon mentioned. “The few mistakes that we had didn’t hurt us so bad.

“I can’t think of a single player that didn’t play up to her level tonight,” she added. “We played consistently and we rode our momentum — two things that we’ve really been working on with the girls.

“Our blocks were on and our hits were on,” Solomon concluded. “Because we had the passes to go along with them, we were able to put the ball down tonight. The girls did great.”

The Lady Hornets, now 3-3 overall and 2-1 in league play, return to conference action on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at home against Russellville.

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