By R. Alan Richardson
The MCHS JV volleyball squad put their heart and soul into the final hoorah of the 2019 season coming up just short of their goal. The stout competition they faced was some of the toughest of the season at the Northeast Georgia JV Shootout. The season-culminating tournament is one that gives these younger players something to look forward to. Many JV teams (in most sports) are left with nothing more than a final regular season game to hang their hats on.
Coach Jamie Williams commented on the team’s play, “Oh, heartbreak! This team has played their best in the toughest matches this last week of play. For the tournament they really stepped up and greatly outmatched a strong Clark Central team and a reputably strong St Pius team.”
The younger group is always overshadowed by the varsity squad that gets most of the credit and press. Williams couldn’t say enough about the girls and their fight. “They came out so strong. Jaws dropped on the other side. They killed it the first set. In the second set St. Pius adjusted their game and eeked out the set win. In the third set, Morgan was up 11-6 but somehow, as sports so often go, we fell 15-12.”
The team immediately had to turn around and play the next round. In doing so, the team played in 11 sets from 10 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. with no breaks. “They almost gave up they were so out of it but they dug in deep and played well in the final two matches.” According to Williams, the key players for the tournament were Jesi Pye dominating both at middle and outside hitter positions, playing all around the court and captaining the team. Addy Christian was solid on the back row and as a captain. Lily Baker took on a new role as an outside hitter and the team was lifted in each match with her continued improvement.
“I was very proud of them. The key word for each player on this team is attitude. They’ve got it in all the right ways,” said Williams.