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Eastern Hancock

LAST SEASON: 9-23

Lost in 2A Sectional 41 semifinal to Cambridge City Lincoln.

KEY PLAYERS (with grade, position):

Lauren Harmon (11) MB

Beka Dickmander (12) OH

Melissa Bedell (10) OH/OPP

Emily Jeffries (12) MB

Tori Bednarski (12) DS

Jordian Eastes (12) S

Hannah Best (11) DS/L

Lytia Vanderpool (11) DS

Frannie Stephenson (12) OH

Emily Reger (11) DS

Head coach: Mike Eastes (2nd season)

With nine upperclassmen, including five seniors, among their top 10 players, the Royals are the most veteran volleyball club in Hancock County.

It’s unclear if EH can compete with its big-school neighbors, but by and large, the Royals should be competitive.

“I think even better than that,” said EH coach Mike Eastes when asked if his team might post a .500 record after going 9-23 last year. “I can see a 20-win season.”

Eastes’ confidence is supported by the return of junior middle back Lauren Harmon, the team’s leading hitter last season with 117 kills, senior setter Jordian Eastes (480 assists), senior outside hitter Beka Dickmander (87 kills), sophomore outside hitter/opposite side Melissa Bedell (87 kills), senior middle back Emily Jeffries (65 kills), senior defensive specialist Tori Bednarski (295 digs) and junior defensive specialist/libero Hannah Best (251 digs).

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