BY RICK WRIGHT –
The Mena Junior Ladycats defeated Greenwood in the finals of the 2016 Ladycat Invitational Saturday at Union Bank Arena on the campus of Mena High School.
“I thought we started really strong,” said Mena Junior Ladycat Head Volleyball Coach Rhonda Thigpen. “We had two teams in it actually, because somebody dropped out. So we put our second group in it. It was a really big day for the whole program.”
“We started strong with both groups,” said Thigpen. “My first group did not lose until we got to Greenwood in pool play. My second group lost a couple but they outscored everybody. So we actually ended up with both teams in the Gold bracket, which was amazing. And even more so, one team in the finals and the other in the semi-finals.”
“I’m really proud of the girls,” said Thigpen. “Greenwood has a great program and of course they are a higher classification, but their coach does a great job. They beat everybody and they had beaten us. When we got down to the finals it went three games. It was a hard fought contest and I’m very proud of my Ladycats because they stepped up at the right time. We have a lot of team support; the whole bench was up on their feet. It was a great program moment for everybody involved.”
Teams originally entered into the 2016 Ladycat Invitational included: Mena, Booneville, Arkadelphia, Union Christian, Greenwood, Paris, Jessieville, Ashdown, Charleston and Lakeside.