ARLINGTON, Texas- The Arlington Baptist Patriot volleyball team (5-3) squares off with the Barclay Bears (1-4) for the first NCCAA Southwest Regional match up of the 2017 season.
The Patriots are coming off a hard fought win against Cedar Valley College and look to use that momentum against the Bears. After some injuries, ABU has regrouped in time for this regional match up.
The Patriots are lead by a group of hard hitters on the front row. Key pieces, Amber Martinez (Soph.), Aischa Barry (Fr.), Kattie McCaffery (Fr.) and Kayla Wood (Fr.), have been added to the already talented returners, Jacquelyn Wells (Soph.) and Jayzhia Softly (Soph.).
A familiar face, Jamie Gibson, and talented freshman, Sydney Farris, take over the setting roles. Gibson began the season as the libero, but the multi-talented junior stepped in when Shiana Wilson (Fr.) was injured in the second game of the season. With Wilson out for the season, Farris and Gibson have become a talented duo.
Then, on the back row, returner and utility player, Ciara Cheadle (Jr.) is joined by talented freshmen Malynn Plunkett (Fr.) and Eryn Martin (Fr.). Besides hustle, the versatility these three bring to the team on the back row makes it easy for Coach Kristi McDaniel.
With the talent Coach McDaniel has added to the key returners she looks forward to getting regional play underway against the hard nosed Barclay Bears.