The Cabot Lady Panthers volleyball team ran into a brick wall at home against Marion then dropped a heartbreaker to North Little Rock in the first two 7A/6A-East matchups last week.
Marion, a powerhouse in Class 6A, swept the Lady Panthers at Panther Arena on Sep. 3. The scores were 25-8, 25-14, 25-13.
"Marion is so much faster than what we had played so far this year," Cabot coach DeAnna Campbell said. "They run a very fast offense. We’ve got to get faster. We’re a lot stronger and a lot smarter than we have ever been. We can do a lot of things. But we’ve got to speed up our game.
In the loss to North Little Rock, the scores were 25-16, 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 14-16.
What was bad about the loss to the Lady Charging Wildcats was that the final point came on a mis-serve by North Little Rock.
Campbell said her team had played it well but the ball hit the top of the net and could have gone down either side but trickled over the top of the net, close to the antenna and fell inbounds on the Cabot side, giving the Lady Charging Wildcats the victory.
"Their girl had been serving in the same spot all night," Campbell said. "We were there waiting on it. I called a timeout because I knew she was a sophomore. I was trying to make her nervous and it worked because it hit the net and fell over the side. It could just as easily fallen over on their side.
"My kids were ready to go."
Campbell said she was "incredibly proud" of the way her team fought every point in the two-hour match "in the non-air conditioned heat of the North Little Rock Arena."
"They fought like crazy for that game," she said.