By Tim Chambers
Opening night couldn’t have been any better for the Johnson County Volleyball team inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium. The Longhorns sweep Happy Valley 25-6, 25-13 and 25-6 in the varsity contest on Monday and duplicated that feat in the girls junior varsity and freshman games.
Johnson County 25-6, 25-13, 25-6
Happy Valley was playing its first volleyball game ever against a Johnson County team that looked much improved from last season.
The Longhorns got off to a fantastic start behind the serving of Faith Poteet. She accounted for 11 points in the set including seven that led to a 9-1 lead before breaking serve. Caitlin Leonard had five points in the set along with Eden Fenner who added four digs.
That led to a 25-6 win in the first set and took the second one 25-13.
Poteet once again caught fire and served up 10 points. Kam Sluder played well while managing to score six points. Courtney Brooks added a couple of nice digs and served up three points. Brittney Brooks served up four points and collected three digs.
The Longhorns finished off the Warriors in convincing fashion with a 25-6 win during the final set.
Margaret Morrow provided 11 points. Leonard had a trio of spikes midway through the set. Fenner once again played big helping set up six points with key first hits in addition to getting four digs.
“It was a great way to start the season,” said Johnson County’s head coach Donna Poteet. “I felt that serving was our strong suit although we did get a few good hits in. We also did a good job of attacking the net. Faith played very well, especially serving. Caitlin and Kam played the net well and Eden did an excellent job at libero. I thought the Brooks twins stepped up and so did Margaret Morrow. I’m pleased with the way that all our teams played.”
Johnson County 25-20, 25-6
The Longhorns were able to overcome a sluggish start and earn a come-from-behind win in the first contest 25-20 after trailing by seven points early.
Taylor Parsons, Margaret Morrow and Taylor Cox had three spikes each in the first game. Taylor Cox served up a pair of aces. Natalie Winters provided four digs and Abby Cornett accounted for another three.
They took the second set 25-6 behind the outstanding serving of Taylor Cox and Shelby Lunceford.
Cox served up 11 points in the match and Lunceford added eight including three aces.
Sydney Souder, Kaylee Wittenberg and Hannah Brooks played well at the net in this one. Wittenberg had a trio of saves that allowed Johnson County to keep serving. Brooks added a couple of digs as did Souder.
Johnson County 25-8, 25-5
The freshmen volleyball team played John Henry style in their first match. They laid down several spikes that led to a 25-8 win.
Emily Garr, Abby Cox and Sydney Souder had three apiece in the first game. Izzy Furchess added another and Taylor Parsons had a couple more.
Abby Cornett and Chloe Arnold served up eight points each in their 25-5 win in the second set. Natalie Winters stepped up with 4 digs and two saves. Hannah Brooks had a couple of digs as did Alexis Headley. Lunceford would chip in with a couple of digs.
The team was slated to play at Tri-Cities Christian on Tuesday.