The Izard County Lady Cougars opened their second varsity season with a straight-set home victory over the Marshall Lady Bobcats on Aug. 22.
The Lady Cougars defeated the Lady Bobcats, 25-13, 25-11, and 25-19 in a sweep for the 3A-North Conference victory.
The Junior Lady Cougars lost, 25-14 and 25-22, to the Junior Lady Bobcats and the junior high "B" team Lady Cougars won two sets to one in the first match of the evening.
The senior team is young and talented, with five freshmen who helped the junior high team to a second place finish in the district tournament last year.
Coach Tony Booth says that several of the girls put in a lot of time this summer and are really coming on.
He feels they are getting better every day and should be very competitive in the conference.
Booth says that Green Forest and Alpena are the conference favorites.
The senior team is led by senior All-State setter and outside hitter Taylor Booth.
Other team members include seniors Shelby Burrow and Kaitlyn Fedor; sophomores Michaela Haugh and Cassie Evans; and freshmen Amber Cowan, Amanda Hutchins, Lauren Jones, Denver Reilley and Autumn Wiles.
The junior high team members are: Maddlyn Meeker, Emily Rice, Kenzie Haugh, Natalie Everett, Ashton Ford, Amber Padilla, Kailey McCord, and Kennedy Wallis.
Booth believes the junior high team will be very competitive this year.