After a lengthy road stretch to start their season, the Northside Lady Bears ended it on a high note.
Not to mention, they will be 2-0 in the 6A-Central heading into that long-awaited home opener.
The Lady Bears posted a three-set conference sweep on the road at Little Rock Central on Tuesday, winning 25-15, 25-9, 25-23.
Northside (9-4, 2-0) began its season with back-to-back road matches before going to a tournament in Little Rock, where the Lady Bears placed second in their division. The Lady Bears then continued their road swing with four straight matches, the last two to open 6A-Central play.
But Northside has won its last three matches as the Lady Bears finally open up their home schedule this Thursday with a match against Mount St. Mary at Kaundart-Grizzly Fieldhouse.
In Tuesday's win, junior outside hitter Quineisha Tillery finished with nine kills and six digs, junior middle hitter Nicole Medlin had eight kills and four blocks while senior middle hitter Nakiah Willis added seven kills and six blocks.
Also for Northside, Lexie Mosby finished with 29 assists, two aces and five digs, Taylor Pate had 16 digs and two aces, Thea Bishop 11 digs, three kills and four assists and Zee Fisher recorded seven digs and two aces.
Van Buren 3, Bentonville 0
Alex Dupree had a dozen kills Tuesday to power Van Buren to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-19 win over the Bentonville Lady Tigers.
The Pointers (7-2, 2-0) face Fayetteville on Thursday.
Also for Van Buren, Grace Dolittle had six kills and setter Mikelle Porter had 25 assists.
Bentonville, which grinded out a 3-2 win over Har-Ber last week, dropped to 1-1 in 6A-West play.
Russellville 3, Alma 0
The Airedalettes were hoping to start 5A-West play strong in front of their home crowd.
But Russellville spoiled those plans with a three-set sweep Tuesday, winning 25-20, 25-14, 25-17.
Russellville began Tuesday's match with a 17-4 run and was also up 24-12 before holding off a furious Alma rally late.
Then in the second set, the Airedalettes were within a point, 14-13, before the Lady Cyclones reeled off nine straight points to eventually take a 2-0 advantage for the match.
Alma (4-4, 0-1) was also within a point in the third set after senior Brooklyn Schultes served an ace. But the Lady Cyclones took the next five points to regain control.
Josephine Meinardus finished with 11 kills and served two aces for Alma. Kailyn Tyler and London Blackwell each had five kills.
Courtney Bates recorded 14 assists, while Schultes finished with 16 digs.
Greenwood 3, Greenbrier 0
The Lady Bulldogs prevailed in their 5A-West opener Tuesday, taking a sweep on the road.
Greenwood (7-4, 1-0) scored the first six points of the opening set and later built a 12-3 lead. The Lady Bulldogs trailed in the second set, 10-6, before rallying to take the lead.
Then with Greenwood up 23-22, back-to-back kills from Bella Mora and Camryn Presley put the Lady Bulldogs in command, 2-0.
Then with Greenwood up 9-7 in the third set, the Lady Bulldogs reeled off five straight points, highlighted by two kills from Abby Cagle along with a kill and a block from Larkin Luke.
Presley ended up with 11 kills along with six blocks and an ace. Cagle had 10 kills, with Brooke Jones adding nine kills and a block.
Also for Greenwood, Zoie Benton had seven kills, a block and two aces, while Luke recorded four kills and two blocks.
Waldron 3, Booneville 2
Mackinzie Callahan and Whitney Richmond combined for 24 kills Tuesday as Waldron outlasted Booneville, 25-20, 25-22, 13-25, 20-25, 15-5.
Samantha Slater had 25 digs for the winners.
Aleeah Blansett and Brooklyn Zarlingo had 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for the Ladycats. Booneville's Maddie Herrera had 37 assists.