Dickey, Kattan eager to lead Lady Red Birds this season

HARLINGEN — Last season Harlingen High missed out on the playoffs and that absence has this year’s squad itching to return, and make a run at the District 32-6A title.

Tuesday marked the first day of the 2017 season and the Lady Cards hit the floor running with a pair of workouts. The first one was made up of volleyball drills, and that was followed by a strength and conditioning session.

The Lady Cards have a new head coach in Joslynn Torres along with six returning members from last year’s team. However, the squad will rely heavily on juniors Taegan Dickey and Kirsten Kattan.

“We know what has to be done this season,” said Dickey, who is a three-year letterman. “We came out strong today; everyone has the same goal and is on the same page. We didn’t have an offseason with Coach Torres so today is our first practice with her.”

Kattan, who is a two-year letterman, will be paired up with senior Yazmine Martinez in what looks to be a strong 1-2 punch with the duo set as outside hitters.

Kattan has also provided a fiery leadership to the underclassmen by leading them in stretches before practice.

“It’s all about showing the younger girls how to do things because they’re our future,” said Kattan. “I took it upon myself to lead them because when I was a freshman, I wanted somebody to help and lead me.”

Torres spoke highly of Dickey and Kattan.

“She has been my firecracker,” she said of Kattan. “The pride, the work ethic and the respect she has just gives me chills talking about it. I see her as a leader on this team. Anything I ask of her she is on it and ready to lead. Kirsten and Taegan are hard workers and I’m blessed to have them both.”

The Lady Cards begin their season with a scrimmage Friday at Sharyland Pioneer and then kick off the regular season next Tuesday in a tri-match at home.