Central Arkansas Christian’s volleyball team continued its winning ways last week with a pair of 4A-Central victories and added a non-conference win Monday that pushed the Lady Mustangs to 9-2 overall.
Ken Roberts’ Lady Mustangs beat Pulaski Robinson, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22, and won at Lonoke, 8-25, 25-8, 19-25, 25-14, 19-17, last week to improve to 6-0 in league play. They finished the first half of the conference round-robin schedule Tuesday against Heber Springs.
They’ll begin the second half Thursday at Batesville Southside, a team they beat in four games the first time, and play host to Maumelle, which they swept, Tuesday, Oct. 1.
"We’re on a roll," Roberts said. "Against Robinson, we played fairly well — not as well as we’re capable of, but well enough to win. Lonoke served for the match three or four times, so I hope that will help us under pressure. We learned how to deal with adversity."
He said the first game against Lonoke was "the worst we’ve played all season."
"We couldn’t pass; we couldn’t serve; everything that could go wrong did go wrong," he said. "But thankfully, we got it out of our system."
The second game was a total reversal, he said.
"Lynn Brown, my assistant, said, ‘That’s the team that played at Spikefest,’" Roberts said. "We played well; everybody worked together. That was probably as good a game as we’ve played all season."
Overall, though, he said his team lacked consistency at Lonoke.
"We went from really bad to really good, and after that we were evenly matched," he said. "It seemed like we played back-and-forth all night."
It was CAC’s first five-game match.
He said it would be hard to say if Lonoke is the best conference team the Lady Mustangs have faced because of their own inconsistency.
"But they played us the best anybody has done," he said. "We won in a hostile environment."
That can only help the Lady Mustangs down the line.
CAC beat Harding Academy, a recent Class 3A state champion, on Monday, 25-11, 24-26, 25-19, 25-6. Roberts said he was able to get playing time for several of his Lady Mustangs, which should add depth.
Roberts said he expected Batesville Southside to also be better than when the teams met on Sept. 3.