The Cabot Lady Panthers couldn’t get the bounces they needed in a five-game loss to Mountain Home on Thursday at Panther Arena.
Mountain Home won 25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-12.
Cabot looked to be going for a sweep, leading 18-10 in the first game before Mountain Home rallied for the win.
In the second game, Cabot led throughout, winning the game 25-18 on a kill by Haylee Callison.
Mountain Home led the third game 14-10 before Cabot rallied to tie the game at 17-17 and 19-19. Cabot took control of the game of the serve of Taylor Bitely, who gave her team a 23-19 lead before a sideout cut the deficit to 23-20.
Cabot won third game 25-21 on a kill by Kaitlyn Pitman.
Mountain Home pulled away in the fourth game.
In the fifth game, Mountain Home took a 3-1 lead. Cabot looked to have taken 4-3 lead on the serve by Callison but the officials overturned a call. From there, Cabot could not get over the hump, trailing 10-9 after a kill by Callison.
Cabot kept it close and trailed 13-12 after a kill Lakin Best. Mountain Home then scored the final two points on kills by Katie Dunn.
“We could get something going then something would happen that would break the momentum,” Cabot coach DeAnna Campbell said. “Volleyball is such a momentum sport. As soon as you get a couple of points in the row, things interrupt that and it becomes detrimental. We ran into a few of those snags.”
Campbell said she was proud of the way her team fought in the loss.
“They were crying but they still played hard,” she said. “I was proud of them.”
Cabot has three regular-season matches before the Lady Panthers host the Class 7A state tournament, which starts Oct. 29 at Panther Arena.
As of right now, Cabot is ranked fifth in the 7A-Central power rankings with 70 points. The top six teams make the state tournament.
“The thing that was tough about the Mountain Home match was that if we had beaten them, we would have had a good chance of getting fourth,” Campbell said. “Now, we are looking at fifth.”