JONESBORO — Valley View, which has won four state championships in five years, surged past Conway 25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 25-18 in volleyball Thursday night.
"This was a tough loss and a long trip home," Conway coach Laura Crow said. "Valley View is a very talented team in their Class 4A. They were very good at getting everything up we hit at them and they also served well which took us out of our offense. When you play teams like that, it definitely exposes your weaknesses. We will work on our defense and serve receive today in practice and get ready for the Spikefest Tournament this weekend in Little Rock."
Mary Dunlap had 16 kills, eight blocks and one ace for the Lady Cats (1-1). Jasmyn Wilkins had seven kills and seven blocks. Payton Hart had 38 assists. Alexis Robertson had 28 digs and Chelsey Hess 27.
Valley view won the JV match, 17-25, 26-24, 17-15.
Madison Dayer led the Lady Cats with 10 kills. Julia Pettit had 14 assists and four aces. Caitlyn Carroll had 25 digs and Brittanie Ashcraft 18. Elizabeth Early led in blocks with three. Ashley Johnson had six assists.
St. Joseph ran its volleyball record to 2-0 Thursday with a 25-8, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Atkins.
"I like the way we are hitting the ball," Lady Bulldogs coach Luke Davis said. "We are trying to limit the number of free balls we give our opponents and the girls are adjusting well. I was disappointed in the lack of focus we had. We have to be able to put teams away and not let them hang around.
Amy Schichtl had six kills. Courtney Briggler and Veronica Bausom added five and Jordan Justice four. Justice and Bauson had three aces. Justice added 28 assists and 22 digs. Katie Reinhard had two blocks.
St. Joseph also won the JV match, 25-12, 25-17.
Samantha Hoelzeman had 10 assists and Samantha Cooper three kills.
Conway White began its ninth-grade volleyball season with three victories.
The Lady Kittens opened with a 25-7, 25-5 victory over Cabot North. The team served four aces and had five kills.
On Wednesday, the Lady Kittens hosted Greenbrier and won, 25-22, 25-22. The teamed served six aces and had 10 kills.
The team also defeated Valley View Blazers in Jonesboro on Thursday night, 26-24, 27-25
"We have been able to see where we are struggling and have made some goals to improve on," Conway White coach Chata Hickey said. "We want to be able to come out at the whistle and play hard for every point."