ROGERS — The Bryant Lady Hornets made the long trek to Rogers to challenge the Heritage War Eagles on Thursday night and, though they got better as the match went along, they absorbed a 0-3 loss, 14-25, 13-25, 18-25.
In a JV match, Bryant prevailed 26-24, 25-22.
“We struggled to make good passes tonight,” said interim head coach Lawrence Jefferson. “Heritage is a good team that plays well and hits well. They seemed to dig up all our hits while finding holes in our defense. We did serve well for the match with only six serving errors for the match.
“Playing at Rogers Heritage was a good test to see where we currently are and also allows us to look for areas of improvement before we start conference play next week,” he added.
The Lady Hornets’ first 7A/6A-Central Conference match will be Thursday, Sept. 4, at Greenwood.
Bryant only managed six kills against Heritage, four by Allie Anderson and two for Britney Sahlmann, who finished with 15 assists and served for 13 points. Anderson added six service points.
In the JV match, Dejai Kelley led the team with three kills. Savannah Shelton, Sarah Kennedy and Riley Hill had two each. Shelton finished with four assists and had seven service points. Kennedy added three assists and six service points while Riley served for seven points as well.
“In the JV match we came from being down 17-21 to close out the first set 26-24,” Jefferson noted. “We got some good passing from Kaci Squires and Shayla McKissock to our setters (Shelton and Kennedy) who did a good job of distributing the ball to our hitters. Our serving was good in the JV match too with Savannah and Riley leading the way in service points.”