The Lady Dogs JV volleyball team took part in a Play Day at North Oconee Aug. 17, 2013. Photo by Leila Dycus

The Lady Dogs JV volleyball team took part in a Play Day at North Oconee Aug. 17, 2013. Photo by Leila Dycus

By Leila Dycus, Intern

The Morgan County JV volleyball Lady Dogs started off their season last week and competed in a Play Day event at North Oconee High School.

“They’re very experienced JV teams, they’ve got a lot of experience on their JV teams, several years of club ball, middle school ball and they play well,” said Coach Pete Busenitz of the Lady Dogs’ opponents.

The Play Day took place Saturday, Aug. 17, and Morgan County faced North Oconee, George Walton Academy and Heritage High School.

The play day was divided into two pools. Morgan County fell in the A pool. The B pool consisted of Athens Academy, Peachtree Ridge, Winder Barrow, and Lakeview.

“Normally most Play Days don’t have a tournament, it’s more just like the pool-play of a tournament. This one, if you did end up in the top two in your pool, you do enter the championship bracket tournament. But most Play Days you just have that pool play and then you go home,” said Busenitz.

The Bulldogs began the day with matches against host team, North Oconee. The other JV team proved to be a challenge for the Bulldogs. Morgan County was defeated in both sets against North Oconee. In the first set, MCHS put up a good fight, losing 25-8. In the second set the Bulldogs lost 25-6.

“We’ve struggled a little with being ready on defense. Maybe in our positions we’re not really ready, so that’s something we’ve got to work on and have got to get better at,” said Busenitz.

It was a battle of the Bulldogs in the second match against GWA. Morgan County put up a fight against George Walton in the first set at times only trailing by five points. However, it was another tough loss for MCHS as they lost to GWA 25-15. The second set again proved difficult for Morgan County, as they lost again, 25-9.

“I think our setter Taylor Adams is playing with a lot more confidence today, so she’s starting to feel what it’s like to be a setter. She’s a freshman,” said Busenitz.

The Bulldogs were determined to end the day on a good note. After having a little down time to rest, the team faced Heritage High School. The girls chanted and supported each other more than they had in any other match within the day.

The first set against Heritage was full of aces and, in an attempt to slow down Morgan County’s momentum, Heritage called a time-out. That attempt failed and MCHS pulled away with a 25-7 win over Heritage. In the second set HHS came back ready to fight, but Morgan County fought harder than Heritage winning the set 25-18.