Northside appeared to be in danger of getting swept on Senior Night.

The Lady Bears battled back to even Tuesday's 7A-Central volleyball match against North Little Rock, forcing a decisive fifth set. But in a back-and-forth set, NLR scored the final two points to win the match, 27-25, 25-13, 21-25, 20-25, 15-13.

"I thought we had a lot of unforced errors and missed serves, out of system plays, that kind of stuff. ... That's kind of been our Achilles heel all year, just staying under control and staying focused when it gets tight like that," Northside coach Matt Waack said. "But we fought good; North Little Rock's a good team, so to take them to five is nice, but it sure would have been good confidence-wise to come away with a win on Senior Night. I would have liked to have had that for these girls, I think they deserve it, they worked hard."

The Lady Bears (12-12-1, 5-7) trailed 6-3 early in the fifth set before scoring the next three points to tie it. There would be five more tie scores in the remainder of the set, with the final tie coming at 13-all on Northside senior hitter Chloe Fitzgerald's kill.

But on the ensuing play, a kill from NLR's Jada Lawson untied it. Then on match point, Lawson's teammate Marissa Mitchell delivered another kill as the Lady Charging Wildcats (19-4-1, 10-2), who are in second place in the conference behind Conway, escaped Kaundart-Grizzly Fieldhouse with the win.

Alexis Evans, playing her final home game, had 16 kills and three blocks for Northside. Fitzgerald added 14 kills, and Nicole Medlin had 10 kills and three blocks.

Sydney Green, another senior, had 55 digs, with Fitzgerald chipping in 19 and Jaide Smith and Lexie Mosby each adding 14. Mosby also had 43 assists.

Another Lady Bear senior, Kassidy Sayavong, recorded four aces, and Smith and Evans, both also seniors, had two aces apiece. Senior Mari Sumbler recorded three blocks as well.

Down 2-0 in the match, Northside broke a 20-20 score with a 5-1 run. Up 23-21, an ace from Mosby and a kill from Evans kept the Lady Bears alive.

Then in the fourth set, the Lady Bears built a 15-12 advantage when a serve from Smith hit the very top of the net and landed over into the other side untouched. Still up by three (18-15), a kill from Fitzgerald started a 7-1 run which put Northside on the verge of forcing the fifth set, and Evans' kill for the 25th point made that possible.

NLR held a 24-19 lead in the opening set before the Lady Bears scored five consecutive points to tie it. Both teams then committed service errors, before a kill from Mitchell broke the tie for good, and a Northside hitting error on the next play gave the Lady Charging Wildcats the win in the first set.

Northside has two more conference road matches, at Cabot this Thursday and at Southside on Oct. 17.