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Lady Airedales Drop Match to Farmington 9/1/21

Lady Airedales drop match to Farmington

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Alma volleyball coach Kimberly Weaver believes in her team. 


She’s ready for them to believe in themselves, too. 


Alma dug itself an early hole, rallied for a late lead in the opener with Farmington on Tuesday, then dropped Game 1, 25-22. 


Despite a nice run in the third set, the Lady Airedales dropped a 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 25-11 decision to the Cardinals at Charles B. Dyer Arena. 


Alma (3-5) will carry a three-game losing streak into next week’s 5A-West opener with Vilonia (1-3).


Alma trailed 12-6 in the opener, and after burning a timeout, Weaver’s group seemed to unite for a 14-6 run and a 20-18 advantage. 


But Farmington rallied to tie the game at 21 and then took the lead when Farmington middle blocker Jasmine Camero swung hard for a kill that she narrowly got a piece of. The ball seemed to hang on the net before dropping in for a 22-21 Lady Cardinals’ lead. 


It’s the type of break the Lady Airedales can’t seem to go their way... 


“(But) that’s why you don’t put yourself in that position,” Weaver said. “Because in volleyball, those things are going to consistently happen. You need to have momentum on your side and a couple of points in your pocket to manage those types of things.”


After falling last weekend to Hackett, 25-13, 25-7, at the Lady Airedale Invitational, Alma dropped the first set at Pea Ridge on Monday, 25-9. 


But the team fought valiantly in the second and third sets Monday, losing by scores of 28-26, 27-25. 


“I was really optimistic coming in, and I’m still optimistic about this season,” Weaver said. “I just hope at some point, collectively as a team, we can say enough is enough and make that decision that you are not going to score on me.”


Rachel James led Alma with seven kills. Jenna Williams and Rebekah McIntosh added six apiece. Sophomore Kylie Chau finished with a team-high 19 digs. Williams and James finished with 13 and 10, respectively. 


James led the team with 10 assists. 


Farmington had 39 kills to Alma’s 30. The Lady Airedales were guilty of 23 hitting errors. 


“You have to have the mentality … ‘I’m going to dig this ball, I’m going to serve this ball in, I’m going to score this point.’ Until that shift happens, we’re going to keep having this conversation at the end of every night,” Weaver said.