Playing indoor volleyball for the last time was bittersweet for former Conway Lady Cat and future University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Aly Brinkley.
Brinkley played in Wednesday’s Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game in the Farris Center.
“I tried to leave everything on the court because this was the last time I played indoor volleyball,” she said.
With three kills on nine attempts through the first two sets, Brinkley helped the East All-Stars take a 2-0 advantage. However, the West All-Stars stormed back, winning the next three sets for a 3-2 win.
Brinkley finished with five kills on 15 attacks for a .333 hit percentage. She led the East All-Stars in four block assists.
“Honestly, it was a great experience to represent Conway,” she said. “I was able to play with the best of the whole state. I got to play with people I never played with and it was cool. I loved that I could have people I played against on my side of the net.”
Instead of competing against Cabot’s Maddie Brown and Kaelee Simmons, they were Brinkley’s teammates.
Marion’s Sara Betts took home the East’s Outstanding Player honors for her 13 kills on 25 attempts.
Har-Ber senior and future Sugar Bear Emily Doss earned the West’s Outstanding Player honors, registering 30 digs as the West’s libero.
Doss’s Har-Ber teammate Klaire Trainor earned MVP honors for her match-leading 17 kills on 37 attempts and five errors.
Though Brinkley won’t be playing indoor volleyball at UCA, she will be contributing in the sand, as she signed with the Sugar Bears on Nov. 17.
Brinkley joins former Conway teammate Mackenzie Dear, who Brinkley is anticipating playing alongside Dear again.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “We play beach volleyball together in the summer, so I’m really excited for a chance to play with her again.”
During Brinkley’s time at Conway, the Lady Cats went 78-20 overall and 36-6 in the 7A Central Conference, including two state semifinals games in 2014 and 2016.
Brinkley finished at Conway as the career kills leader with 1,013.