Harding comes up short at Fort Smith

From Harding Sports
Scott Goode, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information

FORT SMITH – The Harding volleyball team battled but came up short at Arkansas-Fort Smith as the Lady Bisons fell 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24) in non-conference action. The loss snapped a three match winning streak.


Harding falls to 13-5 overall and Arkansas-Fort Smith improves to 12-6.


Up 10-9, Arkansas-Fort Smith went on a 6-1 run to take a 16-10 lead in the first set. The Lady Lions went on a 9-3 run to close the set 25-14.


Trailing 12-5, Harding went on a 12-5 run to tie the set at 17. With a 22-21 lead, Harding forced an attack error and had a kill to lead 24-21. After an Arkansas-Fort Smith block, the Lady Bisons got the set win on a kill by Emily Clayton.


The third set stayed close in the opening points until Arkansas-Fort smith went on a 5-1 run to lead 16-11. Harding tried to battle back but couldn’t get any closer than three as the Lady Lions won 25-19.


Arkansas-Fort smith took a 12-6 lead early until Harding went on a 6-0 run to lead 19-17. The teams exchanged 3-0 runs until the Lady Bisons took a 24-23 lead off a kill by Sara Smith. A Harding service error tied the set and then back-to-back kills by the Lady Lions gave them the set victory 25-24.


Arkansas-Fort Smith led at the net, hitting .284 with 64 kills. Harding hit .172 and had 55 kills. The Lady Lions forced 24 Lady Bisons attack errors.

Harding who leads the Great American Conference in blocks, had three while Arkansas-Fort Smith had 10.


Harding was led by sophomore outside hitter Emma Reeves, who had a career-high 14 kills. She also led the team, hitting .481 on 27 attempts.

Zoe Hardin added 12 kills for Harding and the reigning GAC Offensive Player of the Week Emily Clayton had 11.

Taylor Lake led the Lady Bisons defense with 21 digs and Bianca Trevino had 10.

Arkansas-Fort Smith was led by Kennedi Coleman who had 20 kills and hit .314. Erin Black had 55 assists for the Lady Lions and Emily Tripp led the defense with 37 digs.


Harding will travel to Oklahoma this weekend for a pair of GAC matches. The Lady Bisons will face Southwestern Oklahoma at 6 p.m., on Friday and then face Northwestern Oklahoma at 2 p.m., on Saturday.

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