Cade Smith’s Central Arkansas Christian volleyball team just keeps rolling along.
The Lady Mustangs won three matches — all in three games — last week to improve to 13-4 overall and 9-1 in 4A-Central play.
"We’ve started back through the bottom teams in the conference, although Lonoke was quite a bit better than they were the last time," Smith said, referring to last week’s conference sweeps of Heber Springs, Pulaski Robinson and Lonoke. "Lonoke beat Marianna last week, so they’re playing quite a bit better, and we had to come from behind in a couple of games against them. We still beat them 3-0, but they’re quite a bit improved."
The Lady Mustangs are atop the league standings. Maumelle, the only conference team to beat CAC, is second at 8-2. Batesville Southside and Marianna are third and fourth.
CAC played a non-conference match against Sylvan Hills on Monday and a league contest against Clinton on Tuesday. The Lady Mustangs will travel to Batesville Southside on Thursday and play host to Maumelle on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
"Southside has been playing well," Smith said Sunday. "A lot of the matches they’ve lost, they’ve lost in five games, so they’re very capable of beating us. Clinton has played everybody pretty close. They beat Maumelle. They are probably the scrappiest team in our league as far as defense. They’re not very strong offensively, but they will still be pretty tough."
Having lost to the Lady Hornets, the Lady Mustangs crave a win over Maumelle, which would go a long way toward securing CAC a bye to the district tournament semifinals and a corresponding berth in the Class 4A State Tournament.
"We are trying to lock down that first or second place, to see where that goes," Smith said. "I’d like to take care of this week, and if things work out the way the records show, next Tuesday should be pretty decisive.
"We could secure a state tournament berth next Tuesday."