By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County didn’t disappoint a good size crowd inside Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Monday for their volleyball home opener. The Longhorn netters knocked off Tri-Cities Christian in consecutive sets 25-15, 25-9 and 25-16.
Johnson County’s head coach Donna Poteet liked what she saw from her team other than a sluggish start early in the game.
“We had a little bit of a rocky start because we were swinging away,” said Poteet. “We got things going later in the match and played really well in the second one. The girls pulled together when they had to. I thought our size at the net created some problems for them.”
Poteet hit the nail on the head about her team’s early start. They fell behind 9-8 after jumping out to a 6-1 advantage.
Margaret Morrow helped them regain the momentum by serving up two aces while Taylor Cox provided three.
The Horns took an 18-11 lead on Abby Cornett’s kill and a skillful dig from Natalie Winters that resulted in a point. A couple more aces from Renie Morrow and Kaylee Wittenberg would extend the Longhorn’s lead to 23-15.
Taylor Parsons dazzled the crowd by capping off the match with back-to-back kills that allowed them to take the first set 25-15.
Horns find their groove
in the second set
The Longhorns came out smoking hot in the second set with Parsons leading the way. She served up three aces while Emily Garr and Renie Morrow added a pair of nice touch shots that resulted in a 10-3 lead.
The Longhorns got some excellent libero play from Winters, who collected six digs during a 6-1 run. Wittenberg turned one of those into a kill while Rhiannon Icenhour and Sydney Souder connected on a pair of nice corner shots that inflated their cushion at
Cox put on a show to end the second match with two aces, a kill and two digs, one of which resulted in a mammoth kill by Parsons while Margaret Morrow hammered home the other one in convincing fashion.
More good play in the
Coach Poteet went to her bench in the third set, and a couple of them provided some outstanding play.
Hannah Brooks served up three aces, while Winters did one better with four. Bella Miller had a nice shot on the front line that resulted in a point while Parsons, Cox, Icenhour, Dixon, and Wittenberg all contributed late points.
Parsons led the front line with 13 kills while Margaret Morrow provided 10 over the three sets played. Winters amassed 20 digs while Cox served up 13 aces in the match.
Poteet saw plenty of things that they can build on.
“It’s a good way to start the season, but we can play better,” said Poteet. “I did like
the way the girls encouraged one another. They all played hard, and that’s something
you always want to see as a coach.”
Johnson County won the junior varsity game 25-17 and 25-8.
Hannah Brooks served up
10 aces in the last match.
Rhiannon Icenhour, Olivia Dixon, Maddi Edington and Cassidy Lakatos contributed multiple points apiece in the first set.