By R. Alan Richardson
The Lady Spike Dogs took on two tough opponents on Thursday in matches that were close from start to finish. Area rival Jackson County took Morgan out in a highly competitive match 23-18 and 23-25 while MOCO came back against AAAA Oconee County after dropping the first set to win 23-25, 25-14, and 25-21.
According to Coach Greg Thompson, the team played very well in both matches. He said, “We had an opportunity to take the Jackson County match to three sets, but just couldn’t make the plays late in the match when we needed to. I like our chances against them on September 19th when we play them again as part of our area schedule. We match up well with them and I feel confident in our kids and how we are playing right now. I really liked the way we battled against Oconee after dropping the first set. It was a good win for us against a tough opponent.”
The team is improving in Thompson’s eyes and will be a major threat come tournament time. “Brooke Butler and Aris Hubbard played solid at outside hitters and Bailey Shultz did a great job running our offense. Katie Hill probably played her best match all year with great passes and consistent offensive play. I was very proud of her and the way she stepped up in two big matches. We are doing some great things on the floor but we have to be more consistent and learn how to win big points and big games. I do know that regardless of where we finish in the regular season, we are the team who on any given day can beat any team in our area, and I would not want to face us in the area tournament on October 7th,” he commented.
Next up for the team will be a road game at Monroe Area on 9/21. Morgan will face off with Monroe and George Walton Academy starting at 5:00.