Although Maumelle suffered a disappointing loss to Marianna last week, the Hornets can still seal their fate with victories last night and Thursday.
Going into last night’s volleyball contest which was senior night at CAC, Maumelle was tied for second in the conference with Marianna. Earlier in the year, the Hornets gave CAC one of its two losses. On Thursday, Maumelle has senior night and hosts Pulaski Robinson. A week of victories should keep the Hornets in the race for the second seed into next week’s conference tournament. CAC and Marianna square off Thursday.
"CAC is a great team," Coach Jayme McCoy said. "I think if we play like we did the first time we can give them another loss."
Last Thursday, the Hornets loss to Marianna in three sets after winning the first meeting. However, Maumelle was not fully staffed. Senior Reagan Rucker took a college visit and sophomore setter Hannah Van Pelt jammed her pinky in practice last Wednesday. Sophomore Kamry Orr was also injured with a severe knee bruise.
"She (Rucker) is very calming on the court," McCoy said. "I gave the girls Friday off like I always do and told them to please go home and take care of themselves."
Next week, Maumelle hosts the 4A-Central conference tournament on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Seeding is important as the top two seeds get a bye to the semifinals and an automatic spot in the state tournament. Top four teams advance to the state tournament Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 in Harrison.
Because it is the girls’ desire, the Hornets are making next week’s tournament into a Dig Pink event. T-shirt sales will be donated to a breast cancer foundation. Also, McCoy said the girls are thinking of making jewelry to raise more money to be donated.
"They are very excited," McCoy said. "It is stressing me out, but we are excited to be playing at home in front of our crowd."
McCoy is ecstatic where the volleyball team is now. She says all the information she has been giving is starting to kick in and click.
"They are starting to get what we are actually doing," McCoy said. "That has never been done before since I’ve been here. I love it when the girls come to me and tell me what we have to do. They are starting to understand the game and know what needs to be done. "