By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan County’s Middle School volleyball squad finished out their regular season home matches by recognizing their six eighth graders in a blowout win over George Walton Academy 25-13 and 25-14. After the Lady Dogs ran out to a 13-0 lead on the service game of Addy Christian, it was pretty much no contest for the two straight set victory. Christian hit a number of aces and bullets that were too hot for GWA to handle and handcuffed the defense for the big lead.
The Lady Bulldogs (of GWA) did cut the lead down to eight at 19-11, but the damage was already done. Spikes and serves by Presley Hill, serves by Sommer Richard, and points by Makenzie Pitzer were instrumental in the first set win of 25-13. Christian also finished out the set with three straight points off serve.
The second set was pretty much a mirror image of the first. Christian gave the Lady Dogs a 5-0 lead before GWA came back with a short run of their own. It was 6-3 at that point before Allie Cox showed her stuff from behind the line. Her six-point run gave MOCO a 13-4 advantage and Hill added to that total with a point of her own and three service points to make things 17-5. Rylee Knight then made her presence known by making a nice tip at the net and following that up with two more points off serve to give Morgan a very comfortable 20-6 lead.
GWA did make things a little interesting late in the match with a six-point run of their own before the Lady Dogs stopped the bleeding at 22-13. The second set ended 25-14.
Morgan’s B-Squad won 25-13 and 25-15 against George Walton Academy. “They played a great match, and probably had their best day of the season serving the ball. Chloe Burns in particular had a run of eight straight serves that included five aces. Overall, it was a great day of our younger girls on the B-Squad,” said Shultz.
In between the A Squad and B Squad matches, the six eighth graders were recognized for their work on and off the court. They are listed below.
Escorted by Sean and Gena Christian
Escorted by Lem and Gill Hill
Escorted by Roger Jones
Escorted by Chasity Strange
Escorted by Kristi Booska
Escorted by Tisha and Chad Cepuran
Shultz commented about his graduating group, “I’m very proud of the work these girls have put in this year. They’ve shown a lot of leadership throughout the season. While they all have done a great job, Christian, Hill, and Pitzer have truly been the heart and soul of our team. I look forward to watching them as they play at the high school level in the future.”