BY RICK WRIGHT –
The Mena Ladycats swept the Fountain Lake Lady Cobras three games to none to win the 2016 District Tournament Volleyball Championship Thursday in Union Bank Center at Mena High School.
Neither Mena nor Fountain Lake could go on a run to pull away. As the final scores indicated, this was close to the very final points of each game. Each school, coming up with dig after dig, scrambling on each point, looking for the opposition to make a mistake; however, Mena prevailed, earning points when they counted the most, to win the Tournament Championship.
The Ladycats came from behind to win game one 25-23. Mena edged Fountain Lake 30-28 in game two, and took the tournament championship title with a 27-25 victory in game three.
The 2016 District Tournament Champion Ladycats include: senior – Addison Smith, Reagan Sikes, Sealy Thigpen, Lexi Brooks, Brandi Harrison and Ansley Simmons; juniors – Alicia Barrett, Sarah Lynch, Maddison Maddox, Grace Wagner, Haley Montgomery, Breanna Price, Courtney Millham, Jayzlee Bahr, Hatti Hunter and Anna Beth Hunter; sophomores – Kyntlie Wiles, Sara Lynch, Tateli Thacker, Aliyah Ayres, Alex Yang and Halle Shelton. The team managers are: Delaney Amason, Hailey Tackett, Kennedy Downen and Ashlyn Soliz. The Ladycats Head Volleyball Coach is Brad Lyle with assistant coaches Rhonda Thigpen and Tia Fryar.
The Mena Ladycats will move on to State Tournament action in Lonoke at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25.