By Tim Chambers
The Lady Longhorns picked up their fifth win of the season on Monday night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium. The varsity won their match in straight sets, 25-8, 25-11 and 25-14 over Happy Valley.
The Warriors are coached by former Longhorn standout athlete, Ashley Arnold, but it wasn’t the homecoming she was hoping for.
Johnson County scored a big portion of its points on first serves and they didn’t allow the Warriors many net points.
Courtney Brooks, Kam Sluder, Renie Morrow and Margaret Morrow served up multiple points in all three matches. Head coach Donna Poteet agreed that was a key factor in the game.
“We served the ball well and had some good hits during the match,” said Poteet. “Happy Valley has a young team and they’ve only had volleyball for a few years. But we came out ready to play and didn’t give up easy points. I felt like that was an area where we’ve improved a lot.”
Renie Morrow had 10 kills in the game for the Horns. Sophomore Taylor Parsons added nine kills and two blocks. Sluder and Margaret Morrow produced five apiece.
Shahnoa Greene and Brittney Brooks were singled out by Poteet for their outstanding play on defense.
“The whole team played well and that was good to see,” added Poteet. “I thought we played hard and with a lot of effort. They keep getting better every game. I like the attitude that each brings with them.”
The junior varsity had little trouble winning their match 25-7 and 25-10.
Poteet singled out Taylor Cox and Hannah Brooks for their strong play at the net and in the serving department.
Cassidy Lakatos led the scoring, helping Johnson County defeat Happy Valley 25-11 and 25-9 in straight sets.
The Longhorns will face Elizabethton on Thursday at home after going on the road to play Sullivan South on Tuesday. The junior varsity will take part in a tournament at Crockett on Saturday.