Head Coach Jordan Devine wasted no time getting the Lady Eagles volleyball team into some of the toughest competition in the state.
After seeing positive outings in the Blue-White game, the Lady Eagles were one of only 10 programs invited to play in the 3A Preview games by the Arkansas Activities Association.
They would play five, one set matches against, a style that they generally do not excel at. Paris enjoys the rhythm of a five set grind, especially against the tougher opponents. However, this would prove to be a real showing for the Lady Eagles.
After defeating Bergman in the opening match, they faced familiar foe Hoxie and dispatched them, moving to 2-0. A win over Valley Springs set them up to finish the day against Newport, and then, in a close match, they put away Central Arkansas Christian to finish the preview undefeated.
Going 5-0 in any early season meeting would be significant, but doing it at an invitation-only event against the best in your classification is something to build a season on.
Devine said she was pleased with the performance, but in no way did they play to their potential. It is that desire for growth and development that is contagious with players and had become the identity of the Lady Eagles volleyball team.
They open play with an early week matchup at Lavaca, then host Pea Ridge on Tuesday evening. They travel to Mena on the 23rd and will play in the Alma tournament on the 25th. Paris has often played many more games than teams in their classification, but they will be well prepared and conditioned when the postseason rolls around.