Lady Bobcat Gracey Collins hits the ball over the net as she is backed up by teammates Emma Richey (#7) and Chloe Davis during Walnut Ridge’s match against Jessieville in the state tournament.

The Walnut Ridge senior high volleyball team participated in the 3A State Tournament last week in Little Rock. The Lady Bobcats dropped a four-set match to the Jessieville Lady Lions in the first round, 17-25, 18-25, 25-18, 16-25, on Oct. 27.

Walnut Ridge ended the season with a 9-13 overall record. The Lady Cats finished in third place in the 3A-Northeast Conference with a 7-7 record.

Against Jessieville, Alexis Dalton recorded three aces and 10 digs. Chloe Bounds had an ace, 13 kills and nine digs. Chloe Davis had 10 kills and five digs. Emma Richey contributed three aces, two kills, a block, 25 assists and 10 digs.

Gracey Collins had two aces, five kills, three blocks, an assist and 11 digs. Holly Berry had two aces, three assists and 25 digs. Marguerite Gill had three aces, five kills, three blocks, two assists and six digs. Hannah Hatfield had a block, and Kinley Davis had six digs.

Conference tournament

Walnut Ridge competed in the 3A Northeast Conference Tournament from Oct. 20-22. The Lady Bobcats defeated Cave City in the first round, 25-16, 25-23, 25-19, before losing to Hoxie in the semifinals, 16-25, 9-25, 13-25. Walnut Ridge defeated Palestine-Wheatley in a match for third place, 25-9, 25-21, 25-15.

Against Palestine-Wheatley, Gracey Collins had eight kills, three blocks and was 10/10 serving. Chloe Davis had seven kills, 11 digs and was 9/9 serving with an ace. Hannah Hatfield had two kills and two blocks. Marguerite Gill had two kills, 11 digs, two blocks and was 11/11 serving with an ace. Kinley Davis had four assists, 12 digs and was 12/12 serving with an ace. Alexis Dalton had 12 digs and was 12/12 serving. Chloe Bounds had seven kills, and Emma Richey had 16 assists.

In the semifinals against Hoxie, Bounds had six kills and eight digs. Collins had six kills, nine digs, two blocks and was 6/6 serving. Richey had seven assists and was 4/4 serving. Gill had two assists and a block. Dalton had 12 digs and was 12/12 serving with two aces. Chloe Davis had six digs and a block, and Hatfield had a block.

In the first round against Cave City, Bounds had 10 kills and was 11/11 serving with three aces. Collins had nine kills, three digs, four blocks and was 10/10 serving. Chloe Davis had seven kills, five digs and was 20/20 serving with an ace. Hatfield finished with three kills and a block. Gill had three kills and two blocks. Emma Richey had 22 assists, six digs and was 11/11 serving. Alexis Dalton had 14 digs and was 8/8 serving with four aces, and Kinley Davis had eight assists.

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