With several losses behind them, including a few very close calls that just didnt go their way, the Lady Longhorn Volleyball team finally had a little luck last week, defeating the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils and coming in second in a regional Junior Varsity tournament hosted by Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, VA.
Johnson County had already beaten Unicoi at the very start of the season but that was an unofficial match and fans had no way of knowing if it would be the same situation as conference rivals in the regular season. As it turned out, the contest was a close one, with a huge Blue Devil fan base turning out to root their team to a first game victory 22-25.
Undeterred Johnson County bounced back in the second round and rolled their way through the next three despite repeated comebacks from Unicoi. It was a good tight battle between the two teams but we just happened to pull them out, said Head Coach Donna Poteet. I think it was important for the girls not to play safe at the end of the game, to go for the score and to be successful. I think it helped their confidence a lot to be able to accomplish that.
The first actual conference win of the year so far, the effort couldnt be singled out to one player but was largely attributed to the communication and fluidity of the team as a whole. It was a team effort, Poteet reiterated. Whether it was back row, sets, at the net we were able to score well. We had Aisia Robbins and Lexi Little up at the front, Rebecca Adams doing well with setting, and Cindi Eddington and Kalli Sluder on the back row and then Demi Blevins came in and did well.
Yet it wasnt only the varsity that came away with a win but the Junior Varsity as well, ultimately pulling off two smooth back to back games for the victory. Riding that success, the JV team went into Patrick Henry on fire early Saturday, besting Northwood, J.I. Burton and the Abingdon Lady Falcons.
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