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Volley Hounds net sweep to add wins

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    The Lady Greyhounds celebrate moments after Thursday’s sweep of Piedmont Academy. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Zariah Green serves the ball into play on Thursday against Piedmont Academy. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Madison Maxwell (14) elevates to block the ball at the net against Piedmont Academy. BRAD HARRISON/Staff

As far as momentum goes, the timing could not be better for the Volley Hounds.

With the first match against region opponents set for Wednesday of this week, JCHS built up a full head of steam, sweeping a pair of matches last Thursday against Commerce and Piedmont Academy to win three matches in a row.


In last Thursday’s tri-match, the Lady Greyhounds first beat Commerce 25-23 before a 25-7 win to sweep the match.

Getting an early lead and not having to rally back keyed the win against Piedmont Academy. After holding on to win the first set 25-21, the Volley Hounds won the second one 25-12 for the second sweep in a single day, another first for the program.

“Every win we have is a school record,” Lady Greyhounds head coach Lonnie Wheeler said. “The tri-match format is pretty normal throughout the state. It really conditions you for what we’ll see later in the year. It’s a good time to feel like we can win.”

In both wins over Piedmont, taking control early came thanks to the play of Kameron Hardwick at the serve, as she placed the ball to the opposite side of the court to make it difficult for the visitors to establish a volley. The result was a 4-0 lead in both sets.

“Serving was a big factor. Without the good serving, those matches would be a lot closer,” Wheeler said. “Kameron has been our first server all year. In volleyball, your first two players serve more often because of our rotations, both Cam and (Tori Land) do a really good job for us.”

In ninth grade matches last week, JCHS rebounded from 25-10 and 25-7 losses to Houston County and a 25-5 and 25-5 defeat against Starr’s Mill to best Piedmont Academy on Thursday, winning 25-10, 25-16 and 25-14.