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SBLive Arkansas high school volleyball Power 25 rankings (Sept. 27)

This week's Arkansas Top 25 prep volleyball rankings

By Jeff Halpern | Photos by Braeden Botts

NOTE: Records have been adjusted to reflect the Arkansas Activities Association’s new rule in which pool-play matches in tournaments do not count toward the team’s overall record. 

1. Fayetteville (15-1)

Previous Rank: No. 1 

Last week: def. Springdale Har-Ber 3-0; def. Rogers Heritage 3-1.

This week: at Springdale Tuesday; at Bentonville Thursday.

COMMENT: Brooke Rockwell recorded 1,000 career kills.

2. Benton (14-0)

Previous Rank: No. 2

Last week: def. No. 7 Brookland 3-1; def. No. 17 Hot Springs Lakeside 3-0.

This week: at Hot Springs Tuesday; vs. El Dorado Thursday.

COMMENT: Three of the four games against Brookland were decided by 2 points and all went past 25 points. Two of the three sets against Lakeside were decided by 3 points.

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3. Conway (13-2)

Previous rank: No. 3

Last week: def. No. 10 Jonesboro 3-0; def. Bryant 3-0; at Jonesboro Play Day: def. Wynne 2-1; def. No. 8 Valley View 2-1; def. No. 4 Cabot 2-1.

This week: vs. Little Rock Southwest Tuesday; at North Little Rock Thursday.

COMMENT: Very productive week with a 6A-Central victory over Jonesboro and the Jonesboro Play Day title.

4. Cabot (10-4)

Previous rank: No. 4.

Last week: def. North Little Rock 3-1; Jonesboro Play: def. Jonesboro 2-0; def. No. 18 Mountain Home 2-1; lost to No. 3 Conway 2-1.

This week: at Jonesboro Tuesday; vs. Little Rock Southwest Thursday.

COMMENT: Productive week with runner-up finish in Jonesboro Play Day. Sitting in second place in 6A-Central and looking forward to rematch at Conway on Oct. 4.

5. Fort Smith Southside (10-4)

Previous rank: No. 5.

Last week: def. Springdale 3-0; def. Fort Smith Northside 3-1.

This week: at Bentonville West Tuesday; vs. Rogers Wednesday.

COMMENT: Lady Mavericks a solid second in the 6A-West.

6. Brookland (13-4)

Previous rank: No. 7.

Last week: lost to Benton 3-1; def. Blytheville 3-0; def. Batesville Southside 3-0; Rams MXTE Tournament: def. Marion 2-1; def. No. 6 LR Christian 2-1; def. No. 14 Mena 2-0.

This week: at Jonesboro Westside Tuesday; at No. 14 Wynne Thursday.

COMMENT: Busy week. Started with taking Benton down to the wire in three of the four games; and finished by winning the Rams MXTE Tournament.

7. Valley View (9-3–1)

Previous rank: No. 8.

Last week: def. Nettleton 3-0; def. Searcy 3-0; Jonesboro Play Day: def. West Memphis 2-1; lost to No. 3 Conway 2-1.

This week: at Marion Tuesday; at Batesville Thursday.

COMMENT: Lady Blazers continue to distinguish themselves in Class 5A.

8. Little Rock Christian (11–3)

Previous rank: No. 6.

Last week: vs. Beebe 3-0; def. Vilonia 3-2; Rams MXTE Tournament: lost 2-1 to No. 7 Brookland.

This week: vs. No. 12 Mount St. Mary Tuesday; vs. Sylvan Hills Thursday.

COMMENT: Fell to one of the best teams in Class 4A by a combined 7 points. Huge 5A-Central matchup Tuesday night vs. Mount St. Mary.

9. Hackett (15-0)

Previous rank: No. 10

Last week: def. Van Buren 3-0; def. Booneville 3-0; def. Lincoln 3-0.

This week: vs. Waldron Monday; at Charleston Tuesday; vs. Elkins Thursday; vs. No. 5 FS Southside at Fort Smith Tournament Saturday.

COMMENT: Mackenzie Freeman had 18 kills and 15 digs against Van Buren.

10. Greenwood (13-2)

Previous rank: No. 13.

Last week: def. No. 18 Mountain Home 3-1; def. Alma 3-2; def. No. 16 Baptist Prep 3-0; def. No. 15 Paris 3-2.

This week: vs. No. 19 Greenbrier Tuesday; at Russellville Thursday.

COMMENT: Lady Bulldogs distinguishing themselves as the best in the 5A-West.

11. Shiloh Christian (12-3)

Previous rank: No. 11.

Last week: def. Gentry 3-0; def. Berryville 3-0.

This week: vs. Huntsville Tuesday; vs. Gravette Thursday.

COMMENT: Laila Creighton, Brooklyn Bonanno and Reese Jones combined for 32 assists against Gentry.

12. Mount St. Mary (9-3–1)

Previous rank: No. 12.

Last week: def. Maumelle 3-0; def. Sylvan Hills 3-0

This week: at No. 8 LR Christian Tuesday; at Beebe Thursday.

COMMENT: First place at stake in 5A Central on Tuesday.

13. Mena (13-2)

Previous rank: No. 14.

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Last week: def. Waldron 3-0; Rams MXTE Tournament: def. No. 21 Van Buren 2-0; def. No. 17 Lakeside 2-0; lost to No. 7 Brookland 2-1.

This week: vs. Magnolia Thursday.

COMMENT: Lady Rams distinguished themselves in tournament play.

14. Wynne (12-3)

Previous rank: Not ranked.

Last week: def. Harrisburg 3-0; def. Highland 3-0; def. Blytheville; Jonesboro Play Day: lost to No. 3 Conway 2-1.

This week: at Nettleton Monday; at No. 6 Brookland Thursday.

COMMENT: Yellowjackets won seven in a row before losing to Conway.

15. Mansfield (11-2)

Previous rank: No. 19.

Last week: def. No. 24 Thaden 3-0; def. No. 22 Life Way Christian 3-0.

This week: at Founders Classical Monday; at Decatur Tuesday; at Ozark Catholic Thursday.

COMMENT: Not much stopping Lady Tigers, who beat two ranked opponents including last year’s Class 2A runner-up.

16. Paris (10-5)

Previous rank: No. 15.

Last week: def. Elkins Tuesday 3-0; def. Green Forest 3-;0 lost to No. 13 Greenwood 3-2; lost to Greenbrier 3-0.

This week: at Episcopal Collegiate Monday; at Booneville Tuesday; vs. West Fork Thursday.

COMMENT: Defending Class 3A champions hit a rare rough patch.

17. Baptist Prep (13-3)

Previous rank: No. 16.

Last week: def. Charleston 3-0; vs. Camden Harmony Grove Tuesday; lost to Greenwood 3-0; lost to Greenbrier 3-1.

This week: at Jessieville Tuesday; vs. Episcopal Collegiate Thursday.

COMMENT: Eagles lost to one of the best teams in 5A (Greenwood) and one (Greenbrier) recovering from a slow start.

18. Hot Springs Lakeside (13-2)

Previous rank: 17.

Last week: lost to Benton 3-0; def. Hot Springs 3-0; Rams MXTE Tournament: def. Vilonia 2-1; lost to No. 14 Mena 2-0.

This week: vs. El Dorado Tuesday; at Lake Hamilton Thursday.

COMMENT: Lakeside ran up some good competition. Head coach Rhonda Thigpen said her team did not play well in bracket play.

19. Greenbrier (8-5)

Previous rank: No ranked

Last week: def. No. 18 Mountain Home 3-2; def. No. 16 Baptist Prep 3-1; def. No. 15 Paris 3-0.

This week: at No. 10 Greenwood Tuesday; at Van Buren Thursday.

COMMENT: Opened the season No. 4 before falling out while losing five in a row. The Lady Panthers have earned their way back into the rankings with several solid victories and a 5-1 conference record.

20. Batesville Southside (11-3)

Previous rank: No. 20.

Last week: def. Forrest City 3-0; lost to No 7 Brookland 3-0

This week: vs. Batesville Monday; vs. Jonesboro Westsiday Thursday.

COMMENT: Gains split in 4A-Northeast, ran into a Brookland team on a roll.

21. Mountain Home (8-5)

Previous rank: Not ranked.

Last week: lost to No. 13 Greenwood 3-1; lost to Greenbrier 3-2; Jonesboro Play Day; def. Dyer County (Tenn.) 2-0; lost to No. 4 Cabot 2-1.

This week: vs. Alma Tuesday; at Siloam Springs Thursday.

COMMENT: Finally in the rankings, Lady Bombers run into good competition and lose 3 of 4.

22. Lavaca (12-2)

Previous rank: No. 23.

Last week: def. Eureka Springs 3-0; def. Mulberry 3-0.

This week: vs. Life Way Christian Monday; at Founders Classical Tuesday; at Decatur Thursday.

COMMENT: Big match with Life Way Christian on Monday.

23. Life Way Christian (8-4)

Previous rank; No. 22.

Last week: lost to Thaden 3-2; def. Decatur 3-1; lost to Mansfield 3-0.

This week: at Lavaca Monday.

COMMENT: Life Way Christian head coach Ross Kelly said his team had trouble with Mansfield’s size.

24. Thaden (10-5)

Previous rank: No. 23.

Last week: def. No. 22 Life Way Christian 3-2; lost to No. 19 Mansfield 3-0; def. Eureka Springs 3-0.

This week: at The New School Monday; vs. Mulberry Tuesday.

COMMENT: Gains split vs. good conference opponents.

25. Valley Springs (11-3)

Previous rank: Not ranked.

Last week: def. Bergman 3-0; def. Alpena 3-0; lost to Rose Bud 3-0.

This week: at Harding Academy Tuesday.

COMMENT: Lady Tigers leading 3A-Northwest at 6-1.

DROPPED OUT

No. 10 Jonesboro, No. 21 Van Buren, No. 25 Farmington