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Rothfleisch, Sudduth to play in CIF all-star game

May 31, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

When the 2001 high school volleyball season ended in November, Brawley Union High's Leighan Sudduth and Holtville's Regan Rothfleisch figured it would be the last time the two would see each other on opposite ends of the net.

But come 5:30 tonight, the seniors will face off one last time as they compete in the second annual CIF San Diego Section all-star volleyball game at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego.

The two were selected as members of the CIF San Diego Section first team and qualified to play in the game. The CIF first-teamers will play on opposing teams randomly selected by CIF.

"It's pretty cool playing against (Sudduth) again. I mean, we played against each other all four years so it's cool playing her one more time," said the 18-year-old, 5-foot-9-1/2 Rothfleisch.

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Said the 5-foot-7, 18-year-old Sudduth: "Knowing that there's someone else from the Valley playing out there makes it a little easier. There are other girls that are playing that I've played with during club (volleyball), but with Regan, we're both from (the Valley) and have played against each other for so long."

After both girls spent much of the last few months playing high school softball, their skills may be a little rusty compared to the other first-teamers who have played volleyball nearly non-stop on various San Diego clubs.

"It's fun playing with those other girls, but it's tough because we've only practiced two times," said Sudduth, the Imperial Valley League's four-time MVP. "I just wish I had been playing all year so I could represent the Valley a lot better."

Rothfleisch said since completing her softball season last week she has yet to get back into her volleyball groove and likely won't be able to play at the caliber she did during the regular season.

Still, both think just having the opportunity to play on the all-star teams is good enough.

"It's just an honor knowing that they wanted us to be there and to be part a part of this game," said Rothfleisch.

Added Sudduth: "At first I really didn't want to play in this just because I hadn't played volleyball since the season ended. But I thought about it, and I think this would be a good opportunity to play in it. To me, it's an honor to be a part of it and I can look at it like a reward for having a good volleyball season."

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