Lady Hornets close out season with sweep of Sheridan

Bryant volleyball coach Beth Solomon brings smiles to her players with a comment during a timeout on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Nation)The end of any season is bittersweet but it’s especially so when the end comes sooner than you’d planned.

The Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team had their sites set on finishing the season with a trip to the Class 7A State Tournament in Van Buren, taking a shot at making some noise there.[more]

Brianna Hays and Jenifer Hubbard. (Photo by Rick Nation)

But three straight losses to finish the regular season and a rally by the Cabot Lady Panthers during that same stretch wound up costing the Lady Hornets that trip despite a six-win conference campaign, the most of any Lady Hornets’ team since the late ‘90’s.

So, on Thursday, Oct. 22, the Lady Hornets celebrated the seniors that led them to that success and what they hope will be a turning-point season with a 3-0 win over the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets at the Hornets Nest.

“The last two losses really hurt us,” acknowledged Beth Solomon, who completed her first season as the team’s head coach. “They took us from third to seventh place. It’s hard to believe that we’re not going with six wins when we went last year with only three. But that’s how tight our conference is now.”

The 25-12, 25-14, 25-11 victory marked the final BHS performance for seniors Jordan Armstrong, Kasey Baker, Kayla Davidson, Brianna Hays, Jenifer Hubbard, Heather Light and Taylor Shutt.

“I’m going to miss the seniors a lot,” Solomon said. “They’ve set a new standard for Bryant volleyball by having one of the best seasons in memory. I wish them all the best of luck with their future plans.”

On Thursday, Hubbard was stellar in service with 19 good serves in 20 attempts with three aces. Armstrong was 15 of 16 with three aces of her own. Baker was good on all 11 of her serves while Light was good on 6 of 7 with two aces. Davidson was 7 of 9 and Hays was 5 of 7.

The group had only one passing error. Light and Armstrong were 10 of 10, Baker and Hays 7 of 7, Hubbard 7 of 8 and Davidson 5 of 5.

Hubbard came up with 12 digs, Light six, Hays five and Armstrong four.

Armstrong added 23 assists, Baker five.

At the net, Shutt and Davidson led with 11 kills each. Davidson added three solo blocks, Armstrong two with an assist with Shutt.


  1. Sam Chaloner

    Good job ladies. You ended your high school career constantly improving and setting a new standard. Be proud and good luck in all that you may do in the future.

  2. Kellie Light

    Although I am sadden the season comes to an end I am so proud of each and every one of these girls!! You seniors have come so far and grown so much!! It’s such a shame every single varsity game couldn’t have been as well played as your very last!! You all had so much FUN!!! It showed in how you played!! I wish each of you the very best of luck in your futures wherever they may lead you!!

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