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Athletes of the Week: RCB Volleyball Heads to States

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CLARKSBURG -

It's been a magical season for the Robert C. Byrd Eagles Volleyball team.

The girls are back in the state tournament after going 35-7 this year, recording the most wins in school history.

Coaches originally thought this year would be a rebuilding year, but instead the Eagles simply reloaded.

"We have a lot of new people and had a lot of new spots to fill and we filled it with some pretty doggone good volleyball players," said RCB Head Coach Ron Gilmore.

Set after set, match after match, RCB has proven to be one of the toughest teams in the state.

"Our motto is teamwork makes the dream work, and that's what it's been like," said Gilmore.

Through the regular season the Eagles killed the competition.

In the sectional tournament, Byrd found themselves on the road at powerhouse Philip Barbour, while playing for the section title.

After dropping the first set, Byrd knocked out the Colts with three straight blows in one of gutsiest performances the team has played all year.

"We're trying to get our program like Philip Barbour," said Gilmore. "Where we can play with any team in the state like they have."

Senior captain Denise Adkins is one of the best hitters in the state. She's the team's obvious leader and Gilmore calls her another coach.

"Everyone on this team is my family just because we're so close," said Adkins. "I want to play to glorify god and that means lifting other players up when they need it, and just having good sportsmanship."

Being family is all a part of the team's game plan.

"We're a team," said senior Quinn Saunders. "We're a family and we work for that goal which is our dream, which is to go to states. So teamwork makes the dream work."