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Decatur and Northeast to battle in first round

(Nov. 1, 2013) The Stephen Decatur volleyball team is pumped up and ready for the post-season, which begins Friday, Nov. 1.

“When you get to the playoffs you see tall teams with great volleyball players. It’s a different breed of volleyball players,” Decatur Seahawks’ Coach Sarah Zimmer said Tuesday evening. “We definitely had a couple great practices this week. The girls are a lot more focused than I’ve seen them.”

Decatur (8-7) received the No. 4 seed in Section I of the 3A South Regional tournament. The No. 5 Northeast (AA) Eagles will take a trip to Berlin to battle the Seahawks in first-round action at 4 p.m. today, Friday.

The two teams met in the opening round of the 3A East Regional tournament last year. The Eagles won the first two games, but the Seahawks fought back and took the last three for the victory.

Zimmer said playing on their court in front of a home crowd is a confidence booster for the Seahawks.

To win the match against Northeast, Zimmer said her players “need to communicate and have great passes.”

“If we can’t do those two things then we don’t have a chance,” she said.

The winner will face the top seeded James M. Bennett Clippers on Monday in Salisbury.

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