TEXARKANA, Ark. — There's always more emotion when two rival schools get together for a conference match.
Arkansas High swept El Dorado in a Conference 5A/6A varsity volleyball match at Razorback Gym, 25-21, 28-26, 25-13.
"A big thing we've been working on is trust," Arkansas High head volleyball coach Kaylee Treas-Dalby said. "Like I told them when we started practice, 'I'm going to teach you more about life than anything'. We have to be able to trust the people that we're working with. I have to trust my assistant coach and they have to trust their teammates.
"We play as a team and that's another thing we've been working on. We're going to push the team aspect, because you literally have to depend on the person beside you in order to play this game. They're realizing that and it's starting to take toll. This win tonight really showed that."
The Lady Backs started the final set taking a early 12-4 lead over the Lady Wildcats.
Millie Henderson gave AHS a eight-point advantage from the service line. The Lady Backs were ahead by two points, 6-4, and when Henderson was finished at the line, AHS led El Dorado, 12-4.
Arkansas High kept chipping away to take the set, scoring the final 13 points on El Dorado serve receive errors and hitting errors.
"Millie has really stepped up for us in her setter role," Dalby said. "She's also really stepped up for us as a leader. She did great for us at the service line and she was really focused tonight."
The second set saw both teams swapping points throughout much of the beginning of the set.
The Lady Backs committed three consecutive hitting errors, giving the Wildcats a 23-19 cushion.
El Dorado made five net errors in a row, making way for AHS to tie the set, 24-24.
Both squads have difficulty finishing the match, with both teams being penalized for net-hitting errors.
AHS pounded three points in a row, to take the set, 28-26.
"During those time outs in the second set, anyone in the gym could probably tell I was a little frustrated," Dalby said. "I kept telling them that we had to keep playing our game. I also told them that we were going to take this one point at a time and we were going to fight. I told them to breathe and we were coming out on top."
The Lady Backs started the opening set a little behind.
El Dorado started with a 5-0 lead over the Lady Backs.
Arkansas High made a surge with Seaira Watson at the serve line. Watson regained the lead for AHS and also gave the Lady Backs a four point edge by the time she was finished serving.
Watson ended the set with eight points.
AHS surrendered eight unanswered points to the Wildcats, before taking the match on a hitting foul committed by El Dorado.
"We were kinda slow getting starting," Dalby said. "We always pick it up around the second or third set. We played to our ability. We have a lot of potential as a team. Getting everyone to reach their potential and to knock that door down, that's something we're really focusing on this season."
The Lady Backs are back in action on Thursday, traveling to Hot Springs Lakeside.