Central Arkansas Christian opened volleyball season Monday with a close three-set loss at Jessieville.

The Lady Lions prevailed, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20. CAC won the junior varsity match in two.

"Not as good as we’d have liked," new high school coach Ken Roberts said. "They played well together. There weren’t very many balls hitting the floor without somebody touching them.

"But we’re still not executing very well. We didn’t take advantage of our middle hitter. We didn’t set her very often. We weren’t getting passes quite where she needed us to get them."

But he was optimistic that his team would make pretty quick progress.

"Most of what we saw was correctable," he said. "We have some pretty obvious things we need to work on, such as floor position and transition off the net. I wish we had another practice before we play again."

CAC traveled to Pulaski Academy on Tuesday for a tri-match with the Lady Bruins and Episcopal Collegiate. The Lady Mustangs are now off until Tuesday, when they’ll christen the home season against Batesville Southside.

"I’m not sure what buttons I can push yet," said Roberts, who has coached the seventh grade program for several years. "It’s just a little frustrating because we’re so close. I think we had more talent than they did, but we didn’t take advantage, and I’ll take responsibility for that."

The major disappointment, he said, was serving, but that can be corrected.

Roberts praised Sydnie Jones, who had two kills and a block, in the middle but said the Lady Mustangs needed to get her the ball more. Alexis Weber had a good service night, he said.