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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Paris Remains Perfect in Conference Play, Defeats West Fork 3-0

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The Paris High School campus was alive with action on a beautiful Thursday night. The Eagles seventh and junior high football teams were hosting Danville at Eagles Stadium, and across the parking lot at Paris Gymnasium, the Lady Eagles volleyball team was hosting the West Fork Lady Tigers in a 3A West conference match-up.

On a night when the Paris volleyball program notched wins by its seventh grade team, junior high team, junior varsity team, and its varsity Lady Eagles, both the present and the future of Paris volleyball was on display. A young varsity team continued its unbeaten streak in conference play, not having lost a match. In fact the Lady Eagles only loss was a non-conference loss at Fort Smith Southside back in August.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference in the continued development of this team is the growth of junior middle Akira Robinson. In Thursday night’s game against West Fork, Robinson was all over the floor, aggressively going for the kill shot at every opportunity. Robinson is becoming the player that everyone has expected she would become. Her aggressive play is starting to match her athleticism. If she continues to develop, the imposing front line of Paris is going to become that much better. The depth on the front will be a significant factor for the Lady Eagles as they move into post-season play.

Paris (9-1, 8-0) will have the weekend off before they make the trip to Mena on Monday to play a non-conference match against the Lady Bearcats. Next week will be a big week for Paris, as they will return home Monday night and then travel to Charleston on Tuesday to resume conference play. The week will conclude on Thursday when Paris hosts the Booneville Lady Bearcats. It will be an endurance test for the team as they will play two matches on the road against good teams and then play a third match at home in the same week. And it will continue to be important for the Lady Eagles that they remain perfect in conference play before the Hackett Lady Hornets come calling on October 6.

The first match at Mena will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Junior A, Senior B, and Senior A matches will be played.

Stay with Resident Press as we will bring you Lady Eagles coverage all next week for our readers. Photos from the Lady Eagles matches against West Fork will be posted this Sunday on Facebook at Paris Eagles Sports.

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Jim Best
Jim Best is a man of many talents. His storied career in Arkansas education led him to a new passion, and hidden gifts in sports journalism.
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