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BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers improved to 16-2 overall and 10-0 in the 7A/6A South conference with another sweep of a conference opponent on Thursday at Benton Arena. The Lady Panthers defeated Texarkana 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-14) and have swept every South opponent this season.
Junior setter Braxton Chumley had 13 assists and four kills, junior Taylor Lindberg had 11 assists, three kills and two assisted blocks, senior Allison Reynolds, who was named Homecoming Queen on Friday, had 10 kills and two assisted blocks, junior Ashlie Dintleman had seven kills and three aces, and senior Xandra Lock had six aces and five kills.
The Lady Panthers will play in the Lady Cat Invitational in Conway today and will play Lake Hamilton (9-1 South) on Tuesday.
"Tuesday is a big game for us with Lake Hamilton coming in with one loss," Coach Chumley said. "That game will pretty much decide the conference championship. Either we'll have it by ourselves or we will share it."
Though the Lady Panthers swept Lake Hamilton in mid-September, Chumley isn't taking anything for granted in taking the South title.
"I'm never confident," she said. "I know anything can happen in volleyball. We could have an injury or just be completely exhausted because we have the tournament (in Conway today) and we don't get the rest that we need, so anything can happen. We should win, but definitely doesn't mean we will win."