|Eunice's Laura Clack|
The low ceiling is the next thing people will notice, particularly during volleyball matches. During Tuesday's contest against Eunice, Dora repeatedly bashed their digs and passes into the ceiling. Eunice did it as well, but having practiced at this gym for hour upon hour, day after day, the Lady Cardinals know how to play the carom off the ceiling.
Then there is the bullfighting stadium style of seating. Fans aren't seated on the same level as the court like most gyms, but instead appear right on top of you by being about eight feet off the ground. The gym isn't large, but the confined space plus the usually energetic crowd Eunice sports can be an intimidating presence. Go to a Eunice versus Jal basketball or volleyball game at Joe Langston Gym. Intense.
The finishing touch is the wall you see just as you enter the gym. Called the Wall of Champions, there are 45 boards representing the numerous state championship teams from Eunice. Impressive.
Add it all up and Eunice has created a fantastic home-court advantage for itself, making it almost a shame the Lady Cardinal volleyball team plays only five home matches this year.