The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears have been very busy in the last week.
After opening the conference season with a relatively easy win over Little Rock McClellan, the Lady Bears played in last weekend’s Spike Fest tournament losing pool play to Conway, North Little Rock and Siloam Springs.
Tuesday the Lady Bears resumed 5A-Central play beating Little Rock Mills in four games 25-16, 21-25, 25-22, and 25-20.
"We played some really good teams," head coach Harold Treadway said.
Treadway said the playing against sister schools in the Pulaski County district is always close and a bit unpredictable.
"It seems that no matter what, playing against a county school, it always seems like a dogfight," Treadway said.
Treadway admitted to a sluggish start in the second game against the Lady Comets on Tuesday before coming together and pulling out a win.
"We did well in the first game," Treadway said, "but we got off to a slow start in game two."
While the Lady Bears racked up wins in their first two conference matches, Treadway may have found some depth.
After one of his starters, Jordie Flippo suffered an injury to her wrist in cheerleading practice, Treadway brought up a pair of freshmen.
"We play everybody," Treadway said. "We need depth, and when Jordie got hurt, we needed some help."
Taylor Yoeman and Dabria Thompson were called upon to provide that depth. Yoeman got some immediate playing time in Tuesday’s match and earned praise from her coach.
"She did very well," Treadway said. "She got a couple kills and a couple blocks."
As a hitter in Tuesday’s varsity game, Yoeman was a perfect 18-of-18 in serving. In the junior varsity contest she missed just one serve in 15.
The Lady Bears have their longest road trip of the season coming up on Tuesday when they travel to Helena to take on the Lady Cougars. Treadway acknowledged that the long trip could play a factor.
"It is the longest trip of the year," Treadway said. "Sometimes the trip itself is an opponent that we have to deal with.