Thursday, September 19, 2013
Paul Knox Middle School got its volleyball season off on the right foot after defeating rival North Augusta Middle in a sweep.
The Patriots won 25-7, 25-17, and 25-13 at home, though the games were closer than the final scores indicate. The Jackets forced a number of long points and hung close, but eventually the Patriots were able to stretch their leads and put them away.
“We’ve got eight returning players and a lot of them played club over the winter, so they got a lot better,” Cheryl Morris, Paul Knox’s head coach, said. “We have a lot of tall girls, and we just have a pretty strong team this year. We told them that we wanted to stay on offense. We wanted to bump, set and spike, and there was also a lot of good passing and hustle. That was our game plan – to stay on offense.”
North Augusta head coach Crystal Bush found a lot of positives from her team’s play as well. Though the Jackets were trailing in many points, they were able to rally and never quit.
“We were able to set up our offense a lot better than last year,” she said. “We were actually able to pass, set and hit, which at the middle school level is a big accomplishment. They never got down, and they were never scared. They hustled and ran it out any time they needed to. I have a great leader on my team, Sarah Crews, who really motivates everybody. She’s key when it comes to that sort of stuff.”
Bush said that her team needed to work on its serves. A number of points went to the Patriots when the Jackets were simply unable to clear the net.
Morris said that her team needed to work a little bit on its communication going forward, but overall, she couldn’t really find any flaws in her team’s play.
The Patriots also played LBC on Monday evening, winning 3-0, and their next game was to have happened on Tuesday evening against Merriwether. They will also play Leavelle on the road on Thursday. All games start at 5:30 p.m.
The Jackets also play LBC, but their match will be on Thursday at home at 5:30 p.m. They will be back in action the following week on Sept. 23 and 24 at Leavelle and hosting Kennedy. Both games also start at 5:30 p.m.