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charles stiff photo Veteran Eustace High School volleyball coach Chuck Powers (second from left) is presented a banner following his 600th career win Tuesday night. Making the presentation were EHS athletic director Doug Wendel (left) and principal Stan Sowers.

Welcome to the 600 Club, Chuck Powers.

The 32nd-year Eustace High School volleyball coach notched his 600th career win Tuesday night, reaching a milestone few before him have and even fewer dare to dream.

Powers’ Lady Bulldogs took care of the Kaufman Lady Lions in three straight games (25-19, 25-23, 25-13) in District 13-AAA action at the EHS gym to run his career record to 600-299.

“First, I must give the praise and glory to God,” Powers said after the game. “Secondly, I must thank the Eustace school system for letting me have this opportunity for all these years.

“It seems as if it were just yesterday that we started this run that has blessed me with so many young ladies and their families. It just seems to get better and better as the years go by.”

In addition to being one of the many milestones in Powers’ successful coaching career, which is now in its 38th overall year, the win keeps the Lady Bulldogs in contention for a playoff berth. Eustace is 18-10 overall and 3-2 in district.

“It was a great effort against a good team,” said Powers of the win over Kaufman. “The crowd made it a playoff atmosphere.

“It was really great seeing a lot of the older (former) players there.”

Cassie Freeman played a key role in the win with 18 kills.

Nicole McNeel and Caty Dibari had 18 and 14 assists, respectively. McNeel also contributed 14 points at the service line. Dibari had 11.

Chelsea Truitt and Jenny McConathy scored 10 points each for the Lady Bulldogs.

Eustace was led at the net by Camille Rogers with five stuff blocks. Bekah Walter had four.

Powers is thankful for the opportunity he has had in Eustace.

“This is our 32nd year to play volleyball here and those who have played in the past have not only blessed me then, but now are letting their daughters play for me and continue that wonderful blessing,” Power said.

The win will continue to allow Powers to continue a good-natured debate with basketball coaches.

“I get a lot of pleasure in debating with basketball coaches,” Powers said. “Because of our format, that makes the 600 wins at least 1,200 because of the old two out of three (format) that we used to play. Now that it is three out of five, I can really hassle them.”

But Powers is keeping the win in perspective.

“In the real scheme of things, this is just another win,” Powers said. “This is just another win we must get to move into the real season — the playoffs.”

Powers has not indicated his tenure at Eustace will end anytime soon. In other words, there is more to come.

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