Sisters lead volleyball team to 9-0 start

Published 10:08 am Friday, October 7, 2011

Sophomore Madison Cabell, left, stands with her sister Senior Marisa Cabell Wednesday during volleyball practice.| Dale Liesch/The Tidewater News

COURTLAND—Marisa and Madison Cabell have not always seen eye to eye, but when it comes to volleyball they just want to win.

The sisters are both starting hitters on the Southampton High School volleyball team and have both contributed to the Lady Indians’ 9-0 start this season.

“They push each other,” said Coach Chad Brock. “They are very competitive almost to the point that it’s comical when they get mad at each other. They don’t take it too far. They don’t get too mad that they can’t play.”

Marisa, a senior leader for the Lady Indians, agrees.

“Of course we get mad at each other; it’s just part of the game,” she said.

The sisters play across from each other when on the court and “we always have each other’s back. When one of us is in the front position, the other is playing in back,” Marisa said.

Madison grew interested in volleyball after watching her older sister play travel ball. She later started travel ball and enjoys playing with her big sister.

“It’s good because she pushes you,” Madison said.

The sense of teamwork and camaraderie shared between the sisters is spreading through the entire team. The Lady Indians are off to their best start in Brock’s five-year tenure as an assistant and now head coach.

“They play well as a team,” Brock said of the Lady Indians. “Everybody’s got to do their job. In the past we’ve had a really good setter, or a really good blocker, but this year we’ve got a really good team.”

Brock said the team made up of six seniors, one junior and four sophomores also benefits from a strong support group of students and parents.

He hopes the best is yet to come for this year’s team.

“We haven’t peaked yet,” Brock said. “We’re almost halfway through district, and then we’ll go through regionals, and we’ll have to be on by then because we’ll be playing everybody’s first or second team.”