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Lady Longhorns drop heartbreaker to UC

It was a thriller last Tuesday night at Shoun Gym, but it didn’t go the Lady Longhorns way.
JCHS lost another heartbreaker, this time in five game to Unicoi County by a score of 25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 25-16, 12-15.
The Lady Longhorns and Lady Blue Devils have both had tough seasons, but on Tuesday played a classic match where neither team wanted to lose.
Unfortunately for JCHS, momentum turned at the wrong time and the Lady Longhorns were on the short end.
After regaining form and looking impressive in game four, Unicoi raced out to a 5-2 advantage in game five, but a couple of key kills by Shannon Main put JCHS back into contention and the Lady Longhorns even took the lead at 8-7 following a kill by Chelsea Fenner.
Fenner pushed a ball over for a kill to give JCHS a 9-8 lead and the Lady Longhorns were excited about their prospects for victory.
However, Unicoi regrouped and won seven of the last 10 points to take the match.
The Lady Longhorns came out of the gate strong as they were hitting well and serving well in an easy game one win.
JCHS played with a lot of energy throughout, but so did Unicoi, who had several kids playing all three matches on the night.
The Lady Longhorns did give it their all and on Thursday, it’s senior night against Elizabethton and the Lady Longhorns will start at 4:30 with the freshman game, JV match at 5:30 and the varsity match at 6:30.
Come out and support these seniors as they are recognized.
JV Report
The Lady Longhorns came out swinging hard last Tuesday night and as a result won 25-20, 25-17.
JCHS used some hard hitting from Haley Miller to take the victory.
Miller dominated the second game and JCHS had a solid effort from everyone to have a successful night.
“That was the most emotional win of the season,” JV coach Mary Mays said. “That’s the first time in a long time we have not won one and dropped two.”
The Lady Longhorns came out with an intensity not seen in recent matches and Mays thinks the confidence is improving.
“We went to Providence Monday and won and I think they understood right there that we can win,” Mays said. “Providence has an excellent program and when we went out and won the first game and lost the second game, they knew it was not acceptable and they went on and won the third and then came in here and won the next two games against Unicoi. I think they’re finally believing in themselves and that they can win.”
Mays feels these girls are really coming along.
“Just our whole game is improving and they can carry that into next season,” Mays said. “They’re Understanding the attack, understanding what shots to use, when to kill it, when to push and communicating on the floor.”
Judging from what the JV program has done this year, the future looks bright.
“I think Johnson County volleyball is going to be tough for a few years coming,” Mays said. “Dottie Sue Phipps is sending us kids who know the basics of the game and it’s happening. Our feeder program is sending us good talent and we can use that for four years, so I see the next number of years us being strong.”
Freshmen Report
The JCHS Freshmen Team lost to Unicoi County 25-20, 25-16 on Tuesday.