The Lady Eagles headed into a Tuesday evening game against the No. 3 ranked Charleston Tigers having not dropped a single set in a month. Paris has reeled off 3-0 sweeps of every opponent since dropping an early season tournament set to 5A Alma.
Charleston kept it close in the first set, but as this team has proven, they can step it up and put people away. They won the opening set 25-18. In the second, the Lady Eagles got down early. Trailing by 10 points through the middle of the set, it looked like their streak would end.
Then came the student section. As they roared to life, so did the Lady Eagles, chipping away at the seemingly insurmountable lead. They pulled even at 23, and while most were anticipating extra points to decide the match, Paris put it away 25-23. The third set saw the momentum continue as Paris put Charleston away 25-17, keeping their straight sets streak intact.
The night was highlighted by several outstanding performances. Paiton Forbis led the team in assists (24), serves (25), and aces (four). Joni Inman wore out the back corner of the floor, pounding 22 kills. She was joined with Ryleigh Hardwicke who had 18 kills of her own.
It was a strong performance and shows the development of the team, especially in the passing game, setting up the big hitters on the outside.
The Lady Eagles extended their straight sets even further on Thursday evening when they ran through West Fork.
They put the game away early and are now 19-1 on the season.
They have another challenge this week with a road matchup against a top-five ranked 4A Shiloh Christian. On 10-2 they will host a team that pushed them on the road when Mansfield comes to town. They will finish the week on the road at Booneville Thursday night.