When Shyrah Schisler took over the Springdale Har-Ber volleyball program, she wanted to institute a toughness about her girls, and a no-excuses type team. She's done just that.
Last season was, literally, a banner year for the Lady Wildcats, finishing as the 7A runner-up with a 28-6-1 record. Har-Ber had to leap certain hurdles to get to the state finals, and Schisler couldn't have been more proud of her group.
"As far as I know we had not beaten Bentonville for several years before I got here," she said. "Beating them in the semifinals last year was great for us. They're such … Continue Reading ››
Farmington enters its third season in the 5A-West Conference this fall. The Lady Cardinals made the Class 5A volleyball tournament in 2014 and after missing out on the state tournament last year, a veteran Farmington team expects to return to postseason once again in 2015.
“We’ve got all seniors now,” Farmington volleyball coach Marshall Ward said. “In 2014 we made the tournament and won a game and then played Nettleton to five games in the best match I’ve ever been a part of. Then last year we missed the tournament.
“If we were still in Class 4A, I would expect nothing less … Continue Reading ››
Strong defensive play has been one of the mantras of Bentonville High's volleyball team since Michelle Smith has been its head coach.
That philosophy will remain the same during the 2016 campaign, but the Lady Tigers will probably do it in … Continue Reading ››
The loss of nine seniors — including six starters — off its first state championship team should mean Shiloh Christian volleyball is rebuilding this season.
Unfortunately for the rest of the 4A-Northwest Conference, that isn’t the case. The Lady Saints simply reloaded and once again should be the team to beat in 2016.
Third-year coach Nathan Bodenstein led the Lady Saints to a runner-up finish in his first season and followed that up with last year’s Class 4A championship.
“We’ve experience a lot of good things, so now the pressure is on,” Bodenstein said. “Expectations are set high, which is not a bad … Continue Reading ››
ROGERS — New Rogers High volleyball coach Christina Lawrence likes her team's offense, but defense needs some work as the Lady Mounties work toward their season-opening benefit match in a little over a week.
Historically, Fayetteville has been known to produce state championship-level boys tennis teams, but coach Darin Phelan has that same feeling about the Lady Purple'Dogs this year.
In 2016, he plans to send to the courts one of the strongest girls teams he's had since he's been coaching to compete for conference and possibly state championships. "I'm really excited about the girls program," he said. "We've got a chance to do something fun."
Phelan has a solid group of returning players ready to make a run at a state title. Highlighting the team is his No. 1 player from last season, Cam Cupelli. … Continue Reading ››
Bentonville has been denied the opportunity to win a third consecutive MaxPreps Cup title this year.
Portland (Ore.) Jesuit ended Bentonville's run and claimed this year's claim to the nation's top athletic program. Jesuit finished with 1,122 points, while Bentonville had 958 points.
The MaxPreps Cup uses state championship performances and national rankings to determine the nation's top overall high school sports programs, and not all sports are used to determine this rankings. It is determined by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state level.