Spike Dogs lose to Oconee, dominate over Central Gwinnett

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MCHS's Taylor Bruce is ready for anything in a Morgan-Oconee game. Photo by Jesse Walker

MCHS’s Taylor Bruce is ready for anything in a Morgan-Oconee game. Photo by Jesse Walker

By Leila Dycus, Intern

The Morgan County High School JV and varsity Spike Dogs found themselves on the road this week to play in neighboring Oconee County.

Morgan took on Oconee County as well as Central Gwinnett high schools last Tuesday, Sept. 5. While the varsity Dogs welcomed back previously injured team member Riley Moss, many of the JV players were missing this week, which meant first-time starters on the JV side of the game.

“I feel like, even though a lot of our girls were not here for other activities and stuff, a lot of our new girls did really great, they stepped up,” said JV Spike Dog Salina Fortune.

“We started off pretty slow, but as the night kept going we stepped it up a lot,” said varsity player Olivia Keegan.

Both MCHS teams faced Oconee in a two-set match-up. The varsity girls put up a hard fight in the first set, but it was not enough and the game ended in an Oconee victory.

In the second set the MCHS varsity girls were out for revenge. The Dogs went back and forth with the Warriors many times tying up the set. Rosa Cox and Olivia Keegan worked together to make a huge play in order to keep the ball in bounds. But the set ended in another loss for Morgan, 25-23.

“Every girl had their own star moment, everybody has done so much better, we’ve all improved and everybody’s been working hard,” said JV player Madison Gasque.

The JV Spike Dogs stuck with the Warriors throughout both of their sets, but the MCHS team was defeated by the Warriors 25-18. In the second set, the Warriors put up even more of a fight, defeating the JV Dogs 25-16.

Both MCHS teams also took on the Central Gwinnett Knights.

The JV team played newer team members during these sets, and the team easily dominated over Central. In the second set, Central put up more of a fight, but Morgan came out the victors, beating the Knights 26-24.

The varsity team also won out over Central Gwinnett, beating the Knights, in the first set, 25-13. MCHS won the second set as well. Both teams will be on the road more over the next few weeks. “I’ve been with the girls ever since they started, and they’ve been doing really good and I’m really proud of them,” Andi Bishop, JV Spike Dogs team manager, said.

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