After starting 10-0 and winning the Alma tournament, you might think the Paris High School Lady Eagles volleyball team had a little swagger in their step.
Nothing can be further from the truth. They are happy with the team success, but the player response has been focused on self-criticism and how they can improve. The unifying word from the players is that they are not playing to their potential, and it has them frustrated with their performance.
Week two saw them put three more notches in their belt, starting on the road at Lavaca.
The Lady Eagles played one of their worst outings of the season and struggled with errors all evening. Although they had only lost a total of three sets in their first 10 games, the sloppy play led to an opening set loss in Lavaca in extra points, 27-25.
After that, the Lady Eagles took three straight, but two of the three were close sets, leaving the girls with a true sense of frustration after a 3-1 win.
In front of the home crowd a night later, the Lady Eagles swept the evening, with seventh grade and Junior High both winning before the varsity took their match in straight sets.
Thursday night, they made the long drive south to Mena. Though Mena already had losses to local opponents, facing fatigue and travel can humble a team. The Lady Eagles showed signs of fatigue. Though they won in straight sets, their performance was far below their expected level of play.
Now at 12-0 and ranked number 1 in their classification, the Lady Eagles are being recognized as one of the top five teams in the state among all classifications. Their humble approach and willingness to improve on their skill set will drive this team toward another title.
Up next will be matches at Mansfield and at Booneville, a team that is much improved from a year ago. The Junior High Lady Eagles will host the Junior Lady Eagle Invitational on Saturday and will provide the community to see the talent rising through the Lady Eagle program.