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Coppell girls rebound well from opener

Published 1/25/2008 8:47:47 AM by staff from hsgametime

Coppell girls coach Chris Stricker considered the preseason #1 national ranking that studentsports.com bestowed on his team as a sign of respect for not only his current players but the ones who graduated last year.  Although Coppell didnt hang on to the top ranking after losing to Grapevine in the season opener, Stricker is extremely pleased with his team.

It's easy to see why with five NCAA Division 1 recruits, very few can match Coppell's talent.  Defender Jazmyne Avant (Florida) , Emily Erickson (Texas), Rachel Fuller (East Carolina), Kendell Webber (Texas State) , Courtney Land (undecided) are all expected to sign national letters of intent next month.  Junior Laura Sadler and sophomores Alyssa Diggs and Katie Bass are already Division 1 recruits.

Since it's 3-2 loss to Grapevine Coppell is 4-0-1, tying Amador Valley, California and defeating Tyler Lee, St Thomas Aquinas of Florida, Lake Highlands and Keller.  Coppell is currently 17th in the national rankings.

"It taught my girls alot,"  Stricker said of the Grapevine loss. "There's that saying that huistle beats talent when talent doesnt hustle.  I think it was a blessing in disguise."

The Grapevine loss was all too familiar.  Grapevine stunned Coppell in the bi-district round of the playoffs last season.

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