The Mountain Home Lady Bombers rebounded from their first conference loss of the season with an emphatic straight-set victory over the Searcy Lady Lions on Thursday night at The Hangar.
The Lady Bombers started slowly, but improved to 7-1 in the 7A/6A-East with a 25-15, 25-6, 25-12 win over the Lady Lions. Coupled with North Little Rock’s 3-1 loss Thursday night to Marion, the Lady Bombers still are tied for first place in the league race.
Senior Kennedy Weiand smashed 14 kills to lead the Lady Bombers offense, while sophomore Maly Tabor added seven and Katie Wehmeyer and Ashley Pyeatt notched five apiece.
Defensively, the Lady Bombers (11-4 overall) were led by nine digs from senior libero McKenzie Brannon as the Lady Lions were unable to mount much offense against the hosts. Wehmeyer and Hannah Pfeifer notched five digs apiece, while Zoe Parsons and Cassie Martin tallied four each and Ashlyn Paden and Maly Tabor had three apiece.
Almost the entire Mountain Home roster saw action, with the home team’s lineup sporting many different looks.
“It’s always good to have a game where you can play some kids who don’t play a lot,” Mountain Home head coach Lindsey Leonard said. “We have kids who work really hard in practice. Hope Menendez is an extremely hard worker. Abby Williams was able to get some time tonight. Letting Abby play alongside McKenzie and Hope getting sets from Cassie, it’s just good experience for them.”
Wehmeyer notched five aces to lead the Lady Bombers at the service line, while Williams and Martin added three each. Britney Leonard added two kills and two digs, and Menendez added a kill for Mountain Home. Martin set for 30 assists on the Lady Bombers’ 36 kills on the night.
The Lady Bombers play their first match in the Jonesboro Play Day Tournament at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Mountain Home travels to Marion for a key league showdown on Tuesday.
“I’m really glad we’re able to go to that (Jonesboro) tournament before we play Marion,” Leonard said. “Our kids are pretty excited about Tuesday night. Going to Marion is tough and they have great tradition. I know when we walk in that door, our kids are going to play hard. It’s going to be a battle, and we’ll see what happens.”
North Little Rock and Mountain Home both are 7-1, while Marion sits in third at 6-2 in the standings.
The Lady Lions remained close with the hosts in the first set and held a 13-12 lead before an ace by Martin brought Mountain Home even. With Brannon on serve, the Lady Bombers forged ahead 19-14, and Searcy climbed only as close as four the rest of the way.
Mountain Home bolted out quickly with the lead in the second set, taking a 14-1 advantage with Searcy’s lone point coming on a kill by Courtney Teasley. Martin served a pair of aces during the run for Mountain Home.
Searcy held its final lead at 10-9 in the third set before Weiand slammed a kill to ignite a 6-0 run, highlighted by three aces from Wehmeyer and another kill by Weiand.
A hitting error stopped the run for one point, then Mountain Home scored four more in a row with Weiand hammering two more kills.
Teasley led Searcy with six kills, five digs and four blocks, while Maddie Werley and Taylor Provence added six digs each and Mady Bailey totaled five digs.
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