By R. Alan Richardson
It was a big week for the MOCO volleyball team as they moved to 14-3 overall and took care of business in their first two Region 4-AAA games of the 2020 season to start 2-0.
The Lady Dogs got those two wins in Augusta as they pummeled Hephzibah in straight sets 25-3 and 25-7 before handing the Academy of Richmond County a 25-20, 25-12 loss.
First-year head Coach Kathleen Goodwin weighed in on the first 4-AAA victories, “Coming out with two wins in our new region was a good feeling– our team goal is to win our region, so we are on the right track to achieving that. We will need to continue to work on our game play strategy and staying mentally tough.”
Earlier in the week Morgan split matches with Walnut Grove and Athens Academy defeating The Grove team 25-16 and 25-19. They lost only their third match of the year to the Lady Spartans of Athens Academy 22-25 and 9-25 against one of the better opponents they will likely face this year.
Stats for the week’s games included:
Won vs. Walnut Grove 25-16, 25-19
Leaders: Kills = Brooke Butler (7); Digs= Brooke Butler (7) and Gracie Christian (7); Aces= Brooke Butler (2); Serve/Receive Passing= Addy Christian (9) and Gracie Christian (9); Assists= Anna Cox (11)
Lost vs. Athens Academy 22-25, 9-25
Leaders: Kills= Brooke Butler (4) and McKenzie Larate (4); Digs= Addy Christian (15) and Presley Hill (7); Serve/Receive Passing= Brooke Butler (12); Assists= Anna Cox (13)
Won vs. Hepzibah 25-3, 25-7
Leaders: Brooke Butler (3) and Emma Silvey (2);l Blocks= Emma Silvey (1); Aces= Faith Heusser (5) and McKenzie Larate (4); Assists= Anna Cox (6)
Won vs. Academy of Richmond County 25-20, 25-12
Leaders: Kills= Presley Hill (7) and Brooke Butler (7); Blocks= McKenzie Larate (2); Aces= Presley Hill (3) and Makenzie Pitzer (3); Assists= Anna Cox (22)
In other volleyball news:
The JV team went 5-0 this week, winning against Walnut Grove and Athens Academy on Tuesday and against Clarke Central, Athens Academy, and Winder-Barrow on Saturday.
The Spikers celebrated senior night this past Tuesday. More on that special night for the senior-laden squad can be seen in next week’s Morgan County Citizen Sports.
The high-flying varsity next faces off Sept. 3 with Hart County and North Oconee in a home match that has a 5 p.m. start. They will then go on the road Sept. 8 for a second round of Region matchups with Harlem and Cross Creek. Those games are also slated to start at 5 p.m.