ES coach sees progress despite early defeats
Eureka Springs opened its 2014 volleyball season with two consecutive losses, falling to Alpena, 25-13, 25-4 and 25-7 Monday and then losing to Flippin on Tuesday, 25-8, 25-15 and 25-17.
Still, first-year coach Adam Brothers said the Highlanders have come a long way in a short amount of time.
"We started practices late this season," Brothers said. "The ladies have so much focus and so much heart you can see their improvements every day."
The junior varsity team won one of its three sets against Flippin.
"The girls showed hustle out on the court Tuesday night and are getting better with every serve," Brothers said.
The Lady Highlanders have a mix of youth and experience. They have athletes crossing over from the cross country field and the basketball court. There are only three returning players from last year's team -- Faith Martin, Mariah Robinson and Jordan Henley. None of those players are seniors, so the team is looking for someone to step up and fill that leadership role.
The team does have three seniors: Kennedy Cash, Taylor Little and Michela Flanagan. None of three have played volleyball before this season, but all have played basketball and run cross country for the Highlanders.
"We have been blessed with having three seniors that have the leadership skills to positively reinforce their team," Brothers said. "They have been an enormous help with the girls that have just started and never played volleyball."