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Lady Panthers get fifth seed, to host 7A tourney

Cabot coach DeAnna Campbell talks to her team during a recent match with Mountain Home. Cabot finished fifth in the 7A-Central power rankings and will play in the state tournament next week at Panther Arena.Buy Photo
Cabot coach DeAnna Campbell talks to her team during a recent match with Mountain Home. Cabot finished fifth in the 7A-Central power rankings and will play in the state tournament next week at Panther Arena.

The Cabot Lady Panthers volleyball team has earned the fifth seed from the 7A-Central in next week’s Class 7A state tournament at Panther Arena.

Cabot is 13-11 overall and 7-7 in 7A/6A-East play. Cabot has 93 power points in the ratings system.

The teams from the West for the playoffs have not been settled as they still have conference games to play this week.

Cabot will play either Springdale, Bryant or Springdale Har-Ber in the first round of the state tournament Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Panther Arena.

“I think fifth place is a good place to be,” Cabot coach DeAnna Campbell said. “I like having a play-in game,” referring to playing a game with the right to play top-seeded Fort Smith Southside on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m.

“A bye can be tricky,” she said. “It’s nice to have a game before getting into the mix of things. It’s good for the kids to get comfortable before we start playing No. 1 seeds.”

Campbell said her team competed hard in a tough conference. The Lady Panthers gave conference champion Jonesboro its only loss.

“We’re playing the top 6A teams in the state, trying to get power points,” Campbell said. “It was tough. We were tied with several of those teams. But we pulled it out and landed in fifth.”

Campbell said her team is excited about hosting the state tournament.

“It is something nice to calm your nerves,” she said. “It will feel like another home match for us. The kids are very excited about that. Hopefully, we will play well and represent our facility well.”

Last week, Cabot won two conference matches. The Lady Panthers beat Little Rock Central 25-16, 25-17, 25-14 on Tuesday, Oct. 15; they beat Searcy 25-5, 257, 25-7.

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