SPRINGDALE (KFSM)--On October 1st, Southside upset Har-Ber 2-1 at the Fort Smith Invitational. But today in the 7A quarterfinals, Har-Ber was aided by a home crowd and won 3-0.
"It was very important because we've always been back and forth with Southside all three years I've been here. So it's always good to beat them, they're just fun to beat I guess," senior Paige Williams said.
"It feels awesome just because when we played them last time we didn't play our game. So when we finally played our game, it's sweet," said senior Klaire Trainor.
11 of Har Ber's 18 players are seniors. But that has not stopped the Wildcats' young players from stepping up. Head coach Shyrah Schisler is proud of everyone on the roster.
"I call them my baby cats because they started with me when I got here. But they have 100 percent buy in. And when you buy in like that, my seniors and juniors, starting a sophomore today, they do what we ask them to do. So there's not one girl that leads this teams. It's everybody as a collective whole," Schisler said.
"Since we have mostly seniors, I guess it gives us more passion cause we want to finish well," Trainor said. There's also more incentive, stemming from last fall.
"We're hungry from after losing in five [sets] last year to Fayetteville [in the 7A state title game]. And not only are we hungry but we want to make our program the best program it can be," Schisler said.
Har-Ber faces 7A Central top seed Conway in the semifinals tomorrow, before a likely matchup with Fayetteville in the finals. The Wildcats and Purple Dogs split the two meetings this season, each side winning on its own home court.