By Tim Chambers
Johnson County’s rebuilding year appears to be ahead of schedule with head coach and project manager Donna Poteet at the helm. The Lady Longhorns continued their competitive play by sweeping Tri-Cities Christian in three sets 25-20, 25-18 and 25-15 on Monday night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
Poteet was pleased with how her team performed minus leading hitter Faith Poteet who was out due to the death of her grandfather. Her teammates rallied around her to pull out the win.
“I thought we played a more complete game tonight,” said Poteet about her squad. “We did an excellent job of returning their serves. I thought our net play was excellent too.”
Caitlin Leonard had a strong game at the net and Kamryn Sluder was also in the zone. Leonard provided several spikes and Sluder did a good job of setting her up.”
“I thought that Caitlin played her best game tonight,” said Poteet. “She dominated the net in all three sets. Kam stepped up and did a great job at serving and receiving. I thought that Brittney and Courtney Brooks served well. Margaret Morrow had some big plays too.”
The Longhorns also got some productive playing time from freshman Taylor Parsons and sophomores Kaylee Wittenburg and Renie Morrow.
“We moved Taylor up to the varsity and she’s going to be a great player,” said Poteet. “She does some good things around the net. All our kids stepped up tonight.”
That included Eden Fenner who according to Poteet was on top of her game.
“We expect that out of her,” said Poteet. “You know that Eden is always going to play all out in every match. She’s a great leader and team player. She played outstanding at Libero again tonight.
The Longhorns will play at home again on Thursday against Sullivan East. The freshman game will begin at 4:30 with the junior varsity and varsity games to follow.