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Alma Sports Wrap
Alma Sports Wrap
Compiled by Kevin Taylor
The Alma Lady Airedales pulled the curtain on their 2020 home schedule Thursday with a hard-fought 3-1 conference loss to Van Buren.
The Lady Airedales, who play at Greenbrier Thursday, rallied to win the first set, 28-26.
"Obviously, we weren't playing to win a set, we were playing to win the match, but for them to do that on their home court against a team like Van Buren was huge," Alma coach Kim Weaver said.
Lillie Warnock finished her outstanding home career with a team-high 11 kills, including the final kill in the opening set.
"I'm really excited the kids got to experience that," Weaver said. "They've put in so much time and a tremendous amount of work over the years. They will mean a ton to Alma volleyball in the years to come."
Rebekah McIntosh had 10 kills and Sidney Hatley, the heart and sole of the team, finished with seven kills and 12 digs.
Bella Nutt finished with 31 assists. Lydia Swarnes had 20 digs and Shelbi Hesson finished with eight digs.
Alma took a 4-0 lead in the second game before the Lady Pointers went on an 11-2 run and never looked back.
"We could either not pass or not hit, and then when we passed we couldn't hit," Weaver said. "We just weren't in sync enough. But Van Buren, the ball just wasn't going to hit the ground."
Alma's game with Morrilton Friday has been cancelled, Alma superintendent David Woolly announced Wednesday.
The Airedales (1-5, 0-3) were set to play their first home game since Sept. 25 after back-to-back road games at Harrison and Clarksville.
Head coach Rusty Bush agreed with the decision.
"As much as we would like to play the game, we will always consider the safety of our student/athletes first," he said in a statement. "Almost 50 percent of our roster is unavailable."
Alma dressed only 41 players in last week's game at Clarksville.
"This shortage has hit especially hard with certain units," Bush said. "We have a few players out with injuries, but most of it is students that are quarantined because of the pandemic."
Under Arkansas Activities Association rules, this game is declared a 'no contest' and will not be rescheduled.
Alma competed in the Springdale Cross Country Invitational last week.
Katelyn Valdez was 19th (22:32.96) in the girls division. Teammate Haylei Moses was 44th.
Jael Nunez and Martin Nunez took 36th and 40th, respectively, in the boys 5K event. Henry Dray was 51st and Michael Kelley took 52nd.
Alma's Dallas Welch and Blake Williams finished 63rd and 75th, respectively.
Alma tennis doubles duo Drew Battles and Nathan Gibson dropped a 6-4, 6-0 decision to Lakeside Monday at the 5A state tournament.
The Alma pair finished unbeaten in conference before earning the No. 3 seed at the conference meet.