Last updated: August 27. 2014 1:49PM - 140 Views
By Jeremy Erskine jerskine@civitasmedia.com

Eaton's Emma McKinney sets a ball during the Eagles match against Preble Shawnee.
Eaton's Emma McKinney sets a ball during the Eagles match against Preble Shawnee.
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EATON — Eaton girls’ volleyball looks to be a tough opponent this season, using the size and strength they have at the front of the net to their advantage.

“The kids have a really positive outlook on this upcoming season. I really think that the morale is high, and the team chemistry keeps getting stronger and stronger as we work harder and harder,” said head coach Parker Fields.

The club returns two seniors and nine juniors. The roster also adds a sophomore and freshmen as well. Plus, the Eagles did not lose any key players from last season.

“They expect a lot of themselves, and have high expectations for this upcoming season. We are experienced and should be for the next couple of years,” said Fields.

The roster’s starting rotation will consist of Hannah Schmidt, Emma McKinney, Meghan Puckett, Brittany George, Julia Titus, Allison Collins, and libero Jackie McCafferty.

The Eagles hope to be a deep squad as well, with twelve of the thirteen varsity players participating in club volleyball in the off-season.

“Right now I am pretty happy with how our defense has played in scrimmages. I would like to see the kids be more aggressive up front, and I think it will when we start getting game reps,” said Fields. “We have the talent to have a really successful season, they just need to learn how to win, and consistently deal with the pressure of high expectations.”

Jordyn Worley, Brandi Sittloh, Aubrey Stevenson, Breonna Gayhart, Andrea Bridgeford, Emma McKinney, and Ariel Richardson round out the roster for the club.

The Eagles have not gotten out to the start Fields – or the rest of the team – had hoped for though, finishing the opening week at 1-2. They opened the season with Preble Shawnee, losing in four sets 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 16-25. They then had a tri-meet, facing Dixie and Newton. The girls lost to Dixie (7-25, 16-25) and defeated Newton (25-23, 26-24.)

Eaton played Franklin on Tuesday and will host Bellbrooke this Thursday. On Saturday, the squad will travel to Edgewood.

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