Conway used a balanced scoring attack paced by senior Jessica Gunnell’s ten kills, dominating Central 25-11, 25-9, 25-9 in straight sets and complete the season sweep of the Lady Tigers.
The Wampus Cats retained their hold on second place in the conference behind Southside with only three matches remaining in league play.
Conway (25-8-1, 10-2 in 6A Central) seized control early on with Karli Ferguson along with Gunnell slamming home kills to break open a close set and seize a 17-10 advantage.
Two ball handling errors and kills by Gunnell, Ferguson and two aces by Madison Bates quickly put the first set out of Central’s reach.
The Lady Tigers failed to mount much of a charge over the last two sets in a match that lasted less than 45 minutes.
“We’re trying to get mentally prepared for the end of the regular season and state tournament with October being such a hard grind,” Conway coach Laura Crow said. “I was proud of the girls for working hard on things we need to get better at for state. I thought we did a great job of staying focused and pushing through today.”
Southside beat the Wampus Cats in three at home and in five at Conway to all but assure them of the top seed in the conference but there is still a lot to play for over the last three regular season games according to Crow.
“We have a tough game with Mt. St. Mary’s on the road and then, we have our final two games at home,” Crow said. “Benton is Senior Night and Jonesboro will be Cancer Awareness Night. We would like to finish with that second seed.”