St. Joseph’s volleyball record is still without a blemish.
The Lady Bulldogs (16-0, 11-0) beat Conway Christian, 25-20, 25-13, 14-25, 25-10 in a conference bout in the friendly confines of the St. Joseph Family Activity Center on Tuesday. With the win, St. Joseph sowed up a No. 1 seed for the district tournament, which begins on Monday. Even though the Lady Bulldogs have their final conference match today in Cave City, they’ve already earned a regular season conference title as well.
"We know that we’re still not done yet," St. Joseph coach Luke Davis said. "When we huddled up after the match, I really didn’t have to say anything to the girls because they knew that we didn’t play how we’re capable of playing. Number one, we have to get healthy, but we don’t want to lose focus. We have to stay focused and get better with each game so we make a run in the state tournament."
Conway Christian, 10-4 in conference play, overcame a two-game deficit to capture the third game, 25-14. The Lady Eagles recorded the majority of their kills in that game, led by Taylor Guinn’s eight and Mary Nabholz’s seven. Conway Christian’s Sumerlin provided six of her team-high 10 assists in that game also. Guinn also added another seven assists.
"It’s got to be right here," Conway Christian coach Heather Law said, while pointing at her heart. "I think we played a little lazy. Our hearts haven’t been in it. We had some issues at practice on Monday and that carried over into tonight."
St. Joseph’s Amy Schichtl and Veronica Bausom ended with seven and six kills, respectively. Courtney Briggler finished with a match-high five blocks. The Lady Bulldogs’ Jessica Justice had a match-high 27 assists and Jordan Justice created 10 digs.
"I am proud with how the girls played," Davis said. "The girls and I think the same in the fact that we don’t want to use sickness as an excuse. We had a couple of girls out with sickness, but that always gives others a chance to step up. They really did a good job of stepping up and helping tonight."
For the Lady Eagles, Nabholz and Criswell ended with 15 and 14 digs. Robbi Riggs came away with 12 digs and was perfect on the serve and receive passes with 14. Olivia Meriweather also pitched in five kills.
Conway Christian’s junior varsity team finished the year undefeated after beating St. Joseph 25-10, 25-18.
Conway Christian’s Regan Bell had five aces and six digs. Alexi Dather added five digs and three kills. Hannah Hambrice and Mo Iwamura ended with six kills and four assists.
"This is a great group of girls," Conway Christian coach Cindy Cope said. "They’ve had great attitudes and they encourage one another. I’m really proud of them."