TEXARKANA, Ark. — Arkansas High left no doubt on the volleyball court Tuesday in its conference clash with El Dorado.
The Lady Backs swept the Lady Wildcats in three straight sets, 25-16, 25-23, 25-19, at Razorback Gym.
"It wasn't our best game by far, but the girls finished," Arkansas High head coach Kaylee Treas-Dalby said. "We will get to work on it first thing in the morning, which is a plus. We ran a brand new rotation and the girls didn't know it until right before the game.
"I got into a little bit of substitution trouble with one of my rotations. I had to call two timeouts so we could refocus. They came back and fought, which shows me we have learned how to face adversity this season."
El Dorado started with a 3-1 lead over AHS in the final set.
The Lady Backs gained control of the match when Sydnee Blackwell stepped to the service line. Blackwell accounted for six service points in the set to give AHS the 10-point advantage, 15-5.
Blackwell ended the match with 10 service points and four kills for the Lady Backs.
Kaitlyn Fortenberry and Fortunate Barry closed out the Wildcats from the service line for AHS.
Barry led Arkansas High with 16 points, four aces and 10 digs, while teammate Fortenberry finished with 14 points and 12 assists.
"It was turning point tonight that I saw that my girls are going to fight," Treas-Dalby said. "They got within two points of 25 and we had 20. We had to come back with our five points before they got their two and our girls were up to the challenge.
"Our biggest thing is that we have to stay down to be ready. We were standing straight up a little tonight but that's something we will get corrected in practice."
Barry opened the second set with five points, which ultimately gave the Lady Backs the cushion they needed for the set.
The Wildcats clawed back to tie the frame, 16-16, behind the service line play of Errin Rogers.
After see-sawing with the lead, Alyssa Young collected three straight service points for the Lady Backs.
Young collected five points and six digs for Arkansas High, while teammate Larnya' Soloman ended with six digs.
Barry came to the line with AHS tied with El Dorado, 23-23, and scored two service points to take the second frame for the Lady Backs.
"Laryna' played all over the court for us tonight," Treas-Dalby said. "She's one of our best passers and one of our better blockers; she's only a sophomore, so she has a bright future ahead of her. Kieonni Strickland played really well for us tonight too. They did everything we asked of them on short notice."
Arkansas High took a commanding lead in the first set when Fortenberry at the service line, 10-5.
The Wildcats surged back midway through the set, 14-12, with Alex Pepper at the serve line.
Strickland's four consecutive service points sealed the match for the Lady Backs.
Z'niyah Nelson added four kills for AHS.
AHS is back in action on Thursday, traveling to Hot Springs to take on Lakeside at 5 p.m.