Eureka Volleyball Champions With New Look

Only 3 Players Return from 2016 Champs

EUREKA, Ill. - If the Eureka High School volleyball team looks different this year, there's a good reason why.

The Hornets return only three players from the 2016 Class 2A state champions. But the Hornets don't appear too worried.

"We are all really committed and we'll work really hard," said junior Courtney Heffren. "We'll hopefully get pretty far gain."

Heffren, Hailey Flowers and Maddie McCunn are the lone holdovers from the first volleyball team in school history to win a state title.

McCunn, a setter, is the only senior on the roster. Last year's team featured eight seniors, including All-Stater Lauren Rokey who is playing collegiately at Morehead State.

 "All the juniors came and watched us play (at the state tournament), they know how it feels," McCunn said. "Me, Courtney and Hailey, we were there. Obviously, we want to go back. It's exciting because obviously we want to go back."

The faces may be new to outsiders, but Heffren and Flowers have been playing varsity since their freshman year and now this rest of the junior class is joining them.

 "Some of us have played together since seventh grade, so I feel like we have a true connection," Flowers said. "And we'll do well if we just work towards it."
 


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