Central Arkansas Christian’s volleyball team improved to 10-2 for the season with a four-set win Monday against Mayflower.
Lynn Brown’s Lady Mustangs moved to 7-1 in 1A-4A District 7 play with the 25-14, 16-25, 25-20, 25-18 decision.
The win came despite the loss of senior Cicley Young, who sprained an ankle in practice Friday, necessitating some personnel shifts.
“We ended up playing Claire Vest as libero,” Brown said. “Our other defensive specialist, Danielle Ayers, was out with a stomach virus. We haven’t run a libero all season, but Claire did great.”
Brown said she moved setter Brittney Perry to the outside with Bailey Jones.
“They both did very well,” she said.
CAC, which played a non-district match Tuesday at Arkansas Christian Academy of Bryant, will resume the second half of the District 7 round-robin Thursday at Atkins. At press time, the Lady Red Devils were 7-6-1. The Lady Mustangs captured the first meeting, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23.
CAC will play in the Lady Rabbit Invitational at Lonoke on Saturday. Brown didn’t have a bracket Monday night, but she said she hoped to be able to continue to develop her bench.
“They have really stepped up for us,” she said. “Brynne Bell played a lot in Spikefest, and she played a lot of front row (against Mayflower). Hallie Diles played back row for Brynne. I was proud of them.”
Lonoke’s Lady Jackrabbits (8-2) will visit Mustang Mountain on Monday, Sept. 25. CAC won the first meeting in the season opener in four sets.
CAC will visit Conway Christian (3-7 at press time) on Tuesday, Sept. 26. CAC prevailed in the first match in four.
“I feel like our district prepares us for the end of the season pretty well,” Brown said. “I think Conway Christian lost a lot from last year, but we beat Lonoke, and Baptist (Prep) beat us, and Lonoke turned around and beat Baptist. And I don’t know if Cicley will be back Monday.”
Last week, the Lady Mustangs beat Perryville and Conway St. Joseph. They prevailed over Perryville, 25-13, 17-25, 25-10, 25-21.
They escaped Faulkner County with a five-set win over the Lady Bulldogs, 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 24-26; 15-10.