By Alvin Richardson
The Morgan County volleyball squad is off and running for the 2017 season. The team is coming off a successful campaign in which they were Area Champs. In the 2016 state playoffs MCHS defeated Jenkins High School of Savannah 3-0 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to Greater Atlanta Christian 3-0.
Head Coach Greg Thompson’s team got their season going with a road trip to Loganville on Saturday, August 5 where they played four matches. The team lost to Class AAAAA Loganville in two sets, defeated Class A Athens Christian in two sets, lost to Class AAAAA Northgate in two sets and lost to Class AAAA White County in three sets.
Thompson noted, “We played well at times but we certainly have a long way to go. We look forward to the return of Aris Hubbard who has been out for the first week of practice with a concussion. We are getting great leadership from our five seniors but are still a fairly young team with four freshmen getting major playing time. The more time we have on the floor together, the better off we will be.” Thompson went on, “I certainly expect us to compete for another Area Championship and look forward to watching this group of girls come together as we move forward in the season.
On Thursday, August 10 the team traveled to Loganville for a quad-match with Loganville, George Walton Academy and Oconee County. They lost in straight sets to home team, Class AAAAA Loganville by scores of 19-25 and 16-25. In their match versus private school George Walton the Lady Dogs lost the opening set 26-28 then came back to win the second set 25-22 and lost the decisive set 16-25. Morgan then took on the Oconee County Warriors and lost the first set 15-25 before coming back to win the second set 25-21 but fell in the final set 16-25.
Coach Thompson made a few observations about the day and said, “We played well all night, but made costly mistakes at the wrong times. Our girls have got to learn that when you have a two or three point lead you have to dig in and make plays and hold on to that lead. Right now we are in the process of getting to know each other on the floor. We have four freshmen who have never played with our five seniors and one junior and it just takes time. I feel good about where we are right now and have no doubt that as we get more time on the floor together we will be ready to go when we start our area competition on August 29.
The team had home matches with Jefferson and George Walton Academy on August 15 and with Clarke Central and Athens Christian on August 17th. Both those dates include varsity and JV matches but were played after press deadlines.