Last Thursday the Mena Ladycats hosted Bauxite at the Union Bank Center for some volleyball action. The Jr. Ladycats swept their match 2-0 (25-4, 25-15), before the senior high JV squad did the same (25-22, 25-19). To complete the sweep for Mena, the senior varsity team also defeated the Lady Miners 3-0 (25-13, 25-7, 25-17).
Over the weekend, the Mena senior volleyball team competed in the 2019 Paris Invitational Tournament. In pool play, the Ladycats swept both Booneville (25-11, 25-9) and Pulaski Academy (25-20, 25-17), before splitting their final match 1-1 with Southside Batesville (20-25, 25-19).
Moving on to tournament play, the Ladycats earned a #1 seed in the Gold Bracket. In the first round, Mena defeated Greene County Tech 2-1 (15-25, 25-18, 15-10) in a tiebreaker, to advance to the semi-finals. The Ladycats then swept Fountain Lake 2-0 (25-19, 25-9), to move on to the Gold Bracket Finals against Paris.
In the Finals, Mena took the first set 25-18. The Paris Lady Eagles then returned the favor in the second set, defeating the Ladycats 25-13, to force a tiebreaker. In set number three, one would say the Ladycats were dealt a bad hand in terms of referees, and Mena lost by three, 15-12, to take the Gold Bracket Runner-Up hardware.
Mena Volleyball was back on the court on Tuesday, as the Ladycats traveled to Arkadelphia. The Jr. Ladycats finished business as usual and swept the Lady Badgers 2-0 (25-14, 25-12). In senior high action, the JV squad won 2-0 (25-23, 25-12), before the varsity team completed the sweep with a 3-0 win.
The Ladycats will be in action again on Thursday, October 17, against Magnolia at the Union Bank Center.