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November 20, 2013

Davis County standout to play for Warrior volleyball team

BLOOMFIELD — Rylee Eakins will continue her volleyball career in college while not straying too far from home next season.

Davis County's star spiker recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Indian Hills volleyball team.

"It's close to home, which is good for the first two years," Eakins said, "and I think it's a good school."

Though she doesn't know exactly what position she will play, she said it will be some kind of hitter. To prepare for the season, Eakins said she will work to sharpen her skills as a hitter and a blocker.

"She's a great natural middle hitter for Davis County," Indian Hills' coach Lyndsey Lyon said. "She's a little bit raw. I would really like to put her at right side hitter. She has a natural ability to be a volleyball player. She has a great vertical, which should help us with our blocking, and, while she's up there, she's got a great court awareness and can put the ball in the open spots."

Eakins had an august senior campaign that helped the Mustangs finish with a respectable 29-14 record. She catalyzed Davis County's offense with a team-high 343 kills and 55 aces — the second most on the team. Eakins also spearheaded Davis County's defense with a team-best 75 blocks.

Eakins said she learned a lot under the tutelage of veteran Mustang coach Marty Barnett.

"She taught me to be a better all-around volleyball player," she said, "She taught me how to see where to hit and how to hit around the blockers."

"Marty has done a great job," Lyon added.

The coach added that if former Mustang and Warrior Kaylee Scholten is any indicator, Barnett-coached players make great additions to the roster of any team.

"She [Scholten] has been very coachable and very willing to learn," Lyon said. "She has the right attitude to win and learn."

Eakins will join former Ottumwa star Megan Black on the Warriors this season. Indian Hills finished with an 18-22 record this fall.

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