The Paris High School Lady Eagles volleyball team came into the week with expectations to keep their streak alive, imposing their will on opponents that have their dates against Paris marked on the calendar.
People are taking notice, and everyone wants to be the team to beat the Lady Eagles for the first time in this season. That means the Lady Eagles must come with championship intensity to each match.
First up last week was their old nemesis Mansfield. Even with the long travel, the Lady Eagles made short work of the Lady Tigers, taking the night in straight sets. Ryleigh Hardwicke led the night with 14 kills, and Joni Inman and Brynn Simmons combined for another 15. It was a dominant performance and a good tune up for the much-anticipated trip to Booneville, which had been ranked and making noise in the 4A classification.
Paris fans again filled the stands on the road, anticipating a tight game in a tough environment.
The first set was close, with the Lady Eagles making a late push to take the set 25-22. In the second, the Lady Eagles pulled away early en route to a 25-14 winner. Closing it out became even easier as the Lady Eagles had Booneville fatigued, and before the final set closed, many JV players saw the floor for the 25-9 three-set sweep.
Hardwicke led with 13 kills, and behind her, it was balanced, with Simmons having 8 and Inman, Caroline Hart, Riley Owen, and Kylie Morris all adding 6 kills. Jenna Lowery added 28 digs on the night.
The Lady Eagles played Charleston Tuesday and then it’s a home game Thursday 14th against Hackett. Paris is currently 14-0 on the season and will be the favorite in both games this week, looking forward to a trip to Greenwood on Monday, Sept. 18.