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Decatur ready to kick it in playoffs

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

PLAYOFF READY – Stormi Leonard, Darci Billmire and the rest of the Lady Eagles begin their playoff run Thursday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

With another perfect district run behind them and two sweeps in warm-up games, the No. 3 Decatur Lady Eagles look primed for another playoff run.

The Lady Eagles polished off the Peaster Lady Hounds, 25-15, 25-14, 25-11 in their final tune-up before the postseason Friday.

After receiving a first round bye, Decatur (38-3) will play the winner of Bonham and Hutchins in the area round of the playoffs Thursday.

“We haven’t really talked about it a whole lot,” Decatur coach Claire Rose said about the playoffs. “We are just trying to stay in routine and do the drills that we would do at this part of the season.”

The past two seasons, the Lady Eagles have watched their season end in the regional quarterfinals at the hands of Abilene Wylie. Wylie is no longer in the same region as Decatur and advancing farther than any other team in school in history is a very attainable goal.

Despite the youth on this year’s squad they are showing a lot of maturity.

“We really believe we can get there [state tournament],” sophomore Caroline Lowery said. “We’re not looking forward though, we are focusing on the present.”

With a very young team, they also realize that time is on their side.

“I don’t know if they feel the pressure of the past groups, because this team is younger,” Rose said. “They don’t know any different than to get out there and play the way they know how to play.”

They have played another season of perfect volleyball throughout the district schedule and maintained a top five ranking for most of the season.

It has not been easy and the Lady Eagles know the road is about to get a lot tougher.

“We have a great opportunity but we are going to have to work hard to get there,” junior Darci Billmire said. “It’s going to be tough, challenging and a lot different than district. If we can go in with the right mindset we can go pretty far.”

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