Argyle Volleyball Ready to Avenge

Argyle Volleyball Ready to Avenge

Argyle Volleyball Ready to Avenge

by Steve Gamel

After making it to four straight state tournaments, including winning it all in 2015, the Argyle volleyball team never expected to fall short of another championship run last season. But that’s exactly what happened when it lost a five-set thriller in the third round to Glen Rose. 

Needless to say, the loss didn’t sit well with the Lady Eagles, and it didn’t take long for them to look to this season as a chance at redemption.

“We need to remember the feeling of being cut out too soon,” Argyle coach Megan DeGroot said. “I don’t want to feel that way ever again, and I know these girls don’t, either.”

True to form, Argyle already looks like a state title contender a few weeks into the 2019 season. The Lady Eagles returned 12 of the 15 players from last year’s playoff roster, including seven seniors, and should be one of the favorites in a District 8-4A slate that includes the likes of Krum, Bridgeport, and defending Class 4A state champ, Decatur.

Argyle opens district September 27 at home against Springtown.

Beyond the experience factor, the biggest difference for Argyle this year is size. Their front line averages over 6-feet with Arkansas State pledge Mariah Hesselgesser. Hesselgesser, a senior 6-2 middle blocker, was the District 8-4A Blocker of the Year as a junior with 123 blocks and 341 kills.
She is joined by returning senior Kiley Lavelle, who won a state title with the basketball team last year as a junior, and sophomore right-side hitter and middle blocker, Jessie Moore. Allie Jones also returns to lead a solid core of outside hitters.

DeGroot also pointed to Jada Price, a sophomore who will take over as the team’s libero. Kassidy Reeves, another Arkansas State pledge and now four-year starter, returns as the team’s senior all-state setter. Last year, she posted 874 assists, 50 aces, and 369 digs.

“I have had these seniors since they were sophomores,” DeGroot said. “Their motto this year is Team Over Me. They trust me and each other, and I think that’s going to be huge for us this year – their ability to put their teammates over themselves.”

DeGroot added, “We have so many girls returning, that I don’t think we will skip a beat – especially on defense with our block being so strong. That’s going to help us with such a tough schedule. Many of the teams we faced in district a year ago had some of their best players injured, including Bridgeport and Krum. It will be a tougher road, but we are prepared for it.”


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