By Tim Chambers
Coach Dottie Phipps and her assistant coach, Billie Blevins, are working hard to upgrade the volleyball program in Johnson County.
The seventh grade junior varsity squad has an overall record of 7-1 with its only loss coming outside of league play.
“They are playing very strong and confident on the court,” says Phipps. “We are very proud of all the girls and loving the opportunity we have to work with each of them.”
The seventh grade squad lost their season opener to Unicoi County, then reeled off seven consecutive league victories.
“They have hopes of keeping their conference record unbroken,” added Phipps. “We got some good teams left on our schedule.”
The eighth grade squad is 1-4 in league play and 1-6 overall.
“This team is improving every day and they’re starting to play well,” says Phipps. “We did struggle some with our nerves, but they are getting better. It’s a very important part of the game and we’re working on it.”
Johnson County has found the going tough at times but Phipps knows her team can prevail.
“The competition is tough, but we can win,” added Phipps. “I feel that we are going to beat these teams when we face them again. We are excited about the games remaining on our schedule. I expect these kids to play even harder down the stretch.”
JCMS’ final home game is on September 26 against Kachea. They will host the conference tournament on September 30.
Junior varsity play begins at 9:00 that morning followed by the varsity in the afternoon.
Coach Phipps urges everyone to come out and support the Junior High Lady Longhorns.
The team will be doing a fundraiser spaghetti dinner on September 22 at the First Christian Church’s Fellowship Hall from 5-7.
Phipps stated they would appreciate everyone’s support.
NOTE: We will have a complete story with players’ names and highlights during the season in next Wednesday’s edition of the Tomahawk.