By Leila Dycus, Intern
The Morgan County High School Spike Dogs were on the road last week, traveling to different area schools. The varsity team took on Prince Avenue and Jackson County at Prince on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The varsity and JV Dogs traveled to Hart County Sept. 14. And, while the varsity team took Saturday off, the JV team headed to Oconee County for a Play Day.
The varsity Spike Dogs fought Prince in a three-set match on Sept. 12. Prince Avenue took the first set, edging out Morgan 25-18. The Spike Dogs came back and beat the Wolverines 25-18 in the second set.
The third set against Prince kept the Dogs on their toes, but Morgan County kept the upperhand throughout the set. The defense played hard, allowing Prince only 11 points. The Spike Dogs won the final set.
“Tonight we’ve been working on communicating as a team, being more energetic… We’ve been playing smarter instead of just power-housing it,” said team member Paige Hilsman.
“I love the rush and the thrill we all get when somebody gets the ball up that we all think that it’s not going to go over,” said team member Alana Stewart.
The varsity team then took on Jackson County. The last time Morgan County faced Jackson, the Dogs won easily. This time Jackson stuck with the Dogs the entire match.
The first set went to MCHS, with a 25-20 win. In the second set, the Morgan County girls fought for every point, at times hitting the ground to keep the ball in play. But the Dogs defeated Jackson County in the second set 25-14.
The Morgan County JV Spike Dogs took on four of six teams at the Oconee County Play Day Saturday. They played the home team, Oconee, followed by Prince Avenue, Clarke Central and Madison County.
Oconee won the first set, 25-13. In the second set, the JV girls pulled it together, sticking with the Oconee Warriors for much of the set. At times it looked as though Morgan County was going to pull past Oconee, but, in the end, Morgan County was defeated 25-16.
“I think we did pretty good considering the teams we’ve played because they’re really solid,” team member Olivia Martin said.
In the first set aganist Prince Avenue, the MCHS team seemed determined to pull out a win. The game came to a high point when the Dogs held Prince at 24, gaining six points before Prince stole the win.
The second set against Prince started out strong with Morgan County taking the early lead. The teams stayed tied until the 10-point mark, when Prince began to pull away. The Dogs stayed within a few points of the Wolverines, but Morgan County defeated 25-20.
“I think we did really good against Prince. We fought back on our first and second game. Our first game wasn’t our best game but we tried,” said JV player Carley Henry.