The Class A volleyball state semifinal will be a matchup of two schools with a long history of volleyball success.
The #3 Windthorst Trojanettes, 35-8 on the season and 13-time state champions, will face the #1 Jewett Leon Lady Cougars (46-2), defending state champions and one of a very small number of schools that can boast more state tournament appearances (25) than Windthorst (21).
On Wednesday the Trojanettes said Leon is definitely a good team, but they won't be intimidated at all by their opponent.
"Everything that they do, we have seen before," said head coach Stacy Wolf, who has won six state titles at Windthorst. "We're very comparable in size, as far as the things we run and what we do."
Wolf did allow that Leon may have one edge:
"The only thing is, they are at this point probably a bit more consistent. So we've been working on consistency all this week in our offense and defense."
Senior Alyssa Teichman watched Leon last year at the state tournament.
"They're really consistent," she said. "They can hit, they can pass, they can pretty much do everything. But I mean, if we play our best I know we can beat them."
After bowing out in the regional semifinals the past four years in a row, Windthorst's seniors don't take this trip for granted like some of their predecessors may have.
"It's emotional," said senior libero Carli Clifton. "I mean, it's exciting because we've worked so hard for so many years, and then our senior year is the year we get to actually overcome that game, where we couldn't beat it the last four years, and it's just a really cool feeling."
Teichman comes from a long line of Trojanettes, including her mother, aunt and more.
"The first state tournament I went to, I was three years old, and my aunt was playing," Teichman said. "I watched four older cousins in the state tournament. Every year I was like, 'Man, I wish I could be there.' So, I guess now I'm there and I get to feel what they feel like, and they're coming to watch me, now."
That game, which is set to tip at 11 a.m., will be the second of the two semifinal games Friday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
At 9 a.m. #6 Lindsay will face #4 Round Top-Carmine.
The championship game will be Saturday morning at 9 a.m.