By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The Three Rivers Conference has been a tough to place to compete for the Lady Longhorns volleyballers over the past several years. Head coach Donna Poteet is hoping that changes in 2015.
Her Johnson County squad has six seniors and three juniors on the current roster. And the nifty nine are chomping at the bit to compete.
They opened up play in the Three Rivers Conference Jamboree at Sullivan North on Tuesday. Theyll travel to Sullivan Central on August 17 for their first regular season game against the Lady Cougars.
Our girls are really excited about our opening game at Sullivan Central, said Poteet. They want to prove themselves to everyone in our league.
Poteet will have some big shoes to fill. Key players Gianna Lay, Demi Blevins, Kalli Sluder and Cindy Edington all graduated. Another decided to concentrate on softball.
We lost some good players from last season, said Poteet. But weve got some good seniors returning. These girls are very coachable and they have great attitudes. I really believe that well compete in a lot of games.
The Lady Longhorns will count on five seniors to lead the way. Sarah Carlton will man the middle. Lexi Little and Aisia Robbins will control the outside as will Lily Osborne.
I think we work much better as a team than the ones that Ive played on in the past, said Carlton. Weve got a good feel for one another. Weve played together for six years so we know one anothers strengths. Our goal is to win more games this year than in past seasons. That is something we all want to do.
Osborne agreed that the team had a good bond with one another. She believes that it will carry over onto the court.
I think the way we communicate on the court is going to make us a better team, said Osborne. Were all friends plus we have confidence in each others ability.
Robbins echoed those same sentiments.
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