HARRISON – After getting beat by double digits in the evening’s first set, the Mountain Home Lady Bombers had a good battle with Harrison over the next two games before the host Lady Goblins managed to pull out a 3-1 (25-14, 26-24, 19-25, 25-19) victory in nonconference volleyball action Monday night on LT’s Court.
The loss was the second straight for the Lady Bombers (1-2), not quite what they were looking for as they head into 7A/6A-East Conference play on Tuesday at Searcy, but they still showed some improvement against the Lady Goblins (2-0).
Mountain Home never led in the first set, but managed to tie the score twice. After falling behind 5-1, the Lady Bombers rallied to knot the score up at 6-6 on a kill by Maly Tabor. Harrison again went up by four at 10-6 before Mountain Home rallied to knot it up at 11-11 after two kills by Katie Wehmeyer and another one from Tabor.
But, the Lady Goblins seized control of the game with a 6-0 run, going up 17-11 on the second ace by Jessica Pratt. The last three points by the Lady Bombers in the game were on errors by Harrison, which finished on a 6-1 run — including four consecutive hitting errors by Mountain Home — to take the first set.
The Lady Goblins seemed to carry that momentum into the second set by opening up a big, 10-3 lead, receiving two kills, a block and a service ace by senior Emily Harp along the way. Harrison was still up 15-10 when Mountain Home began to claw its way back in.
A kill by Kennedy Weiand began a 5-0 run by the Lady Bombers, who pulled even at 15-15 on an ace by McKenzie Brannon. The two teams began trading points as Harrison went up by one before Mountain Home answered and tied the score. In fact, the two clubs traded serves 14 consecutive times when a dink by Tabor knotted the score at 22-22 and a block by Wehmeyer put Mountain Home up 23-22, its first lead of the night.
A service error tied the score at 23-23, and a hit into the net by Harrison put Mountain Home up 24-23 and on the verge of winning the set. But another service error gave the Lady Goblins the score-tying point. Sophomore Jenna Martin’s kill put Harrison up 25-24, and on the ensuing serve, the Lady Bombers failed to get the ball back over the net after three hits, their 12th error of the game, to give Harrison a 26-24 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set began much the same way as the second ended, with each team scoring a point or two before giving the other team the serve. But, with the score tied 11-11, Britney Leonard’s kill gave Mountain Home the lead it did not relinquish the rest of the game.
Leonard’s kill started a 6-1 run by the Lady Bombers, getting four of those points off Harrison errors and one on an ace by Ashley Pyeatt. And after Mountain Home went up 17-11, Harrison could only get as close as four points the rest of the way — 20-16 and 23-19 — before Mountain Home scored the final two points to get its first set victory of the night.
Mountain Home had the lead twice early on in the fourth set, but once Harrison went on a 5-0 run for a 7-3 advantage, the Lady Goblins did not trail again the rest of the way.
Harrison slowly gained a 12-5 lead after which the Lady Bombers could not get any closer than four points the rest of the game, while the Lady Goblins led by as many as eight in the 25-19 win.
Mountain Home finished with 35 kills and three blocks. Wehmeyer led the way with 10 kills and two blocks, while Pyeatt had eight kills and Weiand had six. The Lady Bombers had just three service aces, one each by Pyeatt, Brannon and Cassie Martin. Martin had 25 assists and Brannon was credited with eight digs.
Harrison finished the match with 40 kills and five blocks. Harp led the way with 17 kills and a block. Pratt had eight kills and a block, and setter Julianna Cramer had six kills.
Mountain Home won the junior varsity match 2-1 (25-21, 21-25, 15-13).
Mountain Home’s Chloe Keeling and Desiree Mitchell had four kills each, while Hope Menendez, Maddie Grothe and Tabor had two apiece. Grothe served five aces and Stephanie Nicholson served three.