The JV Dogs warm up at the Athens Academy Play Day Aug. 24. Photo by Leila Dycus

The JV Dogs warm up at the Athens Academy Play Day Aug. 24. Photo by Leila Dycus

By Leila Dycus, Intern

The Morgan County High School JV volleyball Spike Dogs are doing a lot of learning on the court, participating in a play day at Athens Academy last week.

“We started off against North Oconee, we ended that game 25-27, so we almost beat them. They’re a really good team, we played really well against them,” said team member Mary Claire Cardwell.

After a play day the previous Saturday at North Oconee and matches on the road last week, the JV volleyball Dogs traveled to Athens Academy on Saturday, Aug. 24 to play in another play day. The play day at North Oconee put the Bulldogs up against many teams with more experience. But this week the Bulldogs were determined to come back and prove they had what it takes to compete against the more experienced teams.

MCHS started their day against one of those experienced teams, North Oconee. In the first set of the match, the Titans got the best of the Bulldogs, beating them 25-12. In the second set the Bulldogs were out for the win, determined to not let the Titans take them down. The set went into overtime but ended in a North Oconee victory of 27-25.

“We played really well against North Oconee, we hit really well, our serves were great, [there were] just little errors we had,” said Salina Fortune, team member.

After the upsetting loss to North Oconee, the JV Bulldogs went on the play Athens Academy in a two-set match. The struggle in the first match was keeping the ball in bounds, which cost the Spike Dogs many points and eventually the match. In the second match the Bulldogs struggled again, losing this time 25-11.

In the next match the Bulldogs were set to play Atlanta International. Morgan County began the first set strong. The two teams went back and forth, staying tied most of the set. For a while it looked like the Bulldogs were going to pull out a win, but Atlanta International eeked out the win, 25-22, over Morgan County. The second set was about sticking with the opponent and that’s what MCHS did. In the end, the Bulldogs lost 25-15.

After having a little bit of a break, the Bulldogs were rested and came back to play Eastside. In the first set MCHS dominated, their serves became aces and those aces, points. The points added up, and they only allowed Eastside seven points. The Dogs dominated Eastside 25-7 in the first set. In the second set Eastside put up more of a fight. The Dogs started the set out strong but Eastside tried to catch up. Eastside, however, was unsuccessful, with MCHS winning 25-22.

The JV volleyball Bulldogs may have not pulled off wins early in the day, but they ended the day on a positive note. Not only did the Bulldogs play their hearts out, they also learned a lot from previous games and were able to keep up with the more experienced teams.

“We may have lost against North Oconee but we definitely played hard, so I’m proud of us,” said Anna Beth Barber, team member.