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Lady Airedales fall at home

Lady Airedales fall at home

 
By Kevin Taylor
Alma Schools 
 
One step forward, two steps back. 
 
It's been a difficult senior season for Bella Nutt. 
 
After sweeping Viloinia Monday, giving the team a chance to build momentum heading into Tuesday's key match with the Siloam Springs, Alma couldn't overcome a poor finish in the third set while dropping a 25-18, 11-25, 25-19, 25-19 decision. 
 
A day after dishing out 28 assists in the team's victory over Vilonia, Nutt finished with 16 assists and eight digs. 
 
"Tonight was a tough loss for us, but we've fought back in the face of adversity before," Nutt said. "We're going to fight Thursday, and I think we can fight next Tuesday and Thursday (Oct. 16) and still be OK."
 
Nutt's done her part for a Lady Airedales' team that's a few plays shy of being in position for a playoff run. 
 
If only ... 
 
"Our effort is there. We have kids willing to work," Alma coach Kim Weaver said. "It's matching the effort with execution. At moments we do it, and that's when we're successful. But right now, more often than not, in those long rallies, that's tough for us to finish.
 
"Our strategy is we've got to score fast."
 
Fellow senior Sydney Hatley led Alma with eight kills. She added 15 digs. 
 
Jenna Williams and Rebekah McIntosh had five kills apiece in Tuesday's loss. 
 
A day earlier, Nutt was everywhere in the team's first three-set sweep of the year, finishing with four kills to go along with her sharp passing. 
 
"I would say this is the best I've seen Bella play," Weaver said. 
 
"I think I finally just got out of my own head and gained some confidence," Nutt said. "I think that really helped a lot."
 
In Tuesday's loss, Lydia Swarnes had a team-high 16 digs. Shelbi Hesson contributed five digs as well. 
 
Alma heads to Russellville Thursday and returns home for its home finale Oct. 13 against Van Buren.