Central Arkansas Christian’s volleyball team got off to the start it wanted in the 4A-Central

CAC (4-2 overall) beat Heber Springs and Pulaski Robinson in three games each to jump to a 2-0 start in the conference.

"We played well last week," coach Cade Smith said. "We did what we needed to do; we’ve just got to get better."

He will learn more about his team in the coming days. The Lady Mustangs played Lonoke on Tuesday, will travel to Clinton on Thursday, to Little Rock Episcopal on Monday and play host to Batesville Southside on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Like CAC, Batesville Southside and Clinton won their first two conferences matches.

"We’ll have more of a challenge this week, but I think we’re still probably better than both the teams we’re going to play," Smith said. "But that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. We’ve got to do a better job executing. We’ve got two more opportunities to do that this week."

He said his team had done a good job getting the ball to senior middle blocker Logan Tolbert.

"She’s critical for us," Smith said. "But others are stepping up. Hayley Nichols, who is playing the other middle spot, had a good match against Robinson. She had a lot of kills. She’s in there when Logan’s not, and if she can be productive, that’s going to help us."

Kendall Krueger, the other senior middle blocker, has received her medical clearance to return to action this week.

"That will help us as we try to figure out who can do what," Smith said. "We’re still trying to fill a couple of positions, get our strongest hitters in the game when we can, but we’ve got a few options now, which is a good thing."