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Eagles try to knock out No. 1

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, September 15, 2012

This weekend three of the best volleyball teams in the state will be showcased in Decatur.

The No. 4 ranked Decatur Lady Eagles (26-2) are hosting a dual match beginning at noon with the No. 1 team in Class 3A, Abilene Wylie, and the No. 3 team in Class 2A, Brock.

These will be the toughest opponents Decatur has seen to date and will be a great measuring stick with district beginning next week.

“This is going to be a great weekend of competition,” Decatur coach Claire Rose said. “They are both great programs and are very well coached.”

Abilene Wylie has been tough on Decatur in numerous sports, including volleyball. The Lady Bulldogs disposed of Decatur in the last two regional quarterfinals.

“They [the kids] are anxious to play Wylie because they were around when they lost to them last year,” Rose said. “They know the history between the two teams, and they are excited about the opportunity.”

Although it would not be a playoff victory, a win Saturday against Wylie would be a huge confidence boost to the Lady Eagles’ season.

Decatur jumped back into the rankings after capturing the Nocona Tournament last weekend.

According to Rose, they need these games to expose weaknesses.

“We’ve gotten through by playing bad and still winning,” Rose said. “It’s not teaching us lessons right now. It’s allowing us to create bad habits, and we are not going to be able to get away with any of that this weekend.”

Decatur will start things off against Wylie at noon, followed by Wylie and Brock. The Lady Eagles will wrap up the afternoon with their match against Brock.

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