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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Lady Trojans back up chatter

  • Nearly every point scored by Marianna-Lee was orchestrated with a chant from the bench. The Lady Trojans backed up their talk by sweeping Heber Springs (25-13, 25-15, 25-14) on Tuesday in 4A Central Conference play at the old Panther Den in Heber.
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  • Nearly every point scored by Marianna-Lee was orchestrated with a chant from the bench. The Lady Trojans backed up their talk by sweeping Heber Springs (25-13, 25-15, 25-14) on Tuesday in 4A Central Conference play at the old Panther Den in Heber. Taking a page from rapper Lil Jon and the East Side Boys' hit single “Get Low”, the Lady Trojans would chant “From the window to the wall, we saw you shake that ball, everybody saw,” in rhythm after each service ace. Tied for first place with Central Arkansas Christian in conference with a record of 7-1, Marianna brought a disciplined, hard-hitting team to town. “They are a good, solid team,” said Heber Coach Andrea Riggs. “It wouldn't surprise me if they won conference. They have six seniors back this year from a team that won the district tournament last year so that is always a good number to have.” Entering the latter half of their second season, the Lady Panthers have won three games overall including one in conference play while showing drastic improvement. But, Riggs said her team seemed flat on Tuesday. “They were shaky. They did not play as well as I would have liked them to for sure. We have the potential it's just overcoming the frustration of being a second-year program and not really knowing how to cope with the mistakes we are making.” The Lady Panthers battled to the end of the third set as Jessica Clark contributed two consecutive kills, then McKinsea Volbrecht added a kill, which Kaitlyn Bradke followed with an ace to pull Heber within five at 13-8. Madi Fires' block at the net gave Heber another point before Marianna rattled off six straight points while extending its lead to 23-10. Clark, Bradke and Volbrecht kept Heber alive with consecutive kills, but the Lady Trojans proved too tough to handle in the end. After hosting Clinton on Thursday, the Lady Panthers host Cedar Ridge on Monday before continuing conference play with road games at Pulaski Robinson (Tuesday) and Lonoke (Thursday). Riggs will attend a meeting today that will determine the fate of 4A Central District Tournament. “It's still up in the air as to whether we are going to have one. I will know more after a meeting on Friday,” said Riggs. Heber wraps up its regular season with a three-game home stand starting with Lisa Academy on Monday, Oct. 14.
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