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Volley Hounds optimistic as first season nears end

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With the maiden voyage nearly complete for the first season of Jones County volleyball, there’s a feeling of satisfaction from the coaching staff that has helped the team through its first year of competition.

The growth showed last Thursday against Ace Charter and Rutland in the final match of the regular season. The Lady Greyhounds fell 2-1 in its match against the Hurricanes before hanging tough in 25-19 and 25-21 losses to the homestanding Gryphons.

“It means a lot. There’s a lot to be said about how you handle it when things are going against you,” said Lady Greyhounds assistant coach Amanda Paulk “They're really good about staying with and complementing each other.”

The Lady Greyhounds faced adversity early in both matches, trailing a combined 14-0 in the first game of each of the matches before battling back both times. But there’s not much dwelling on the losses for JCHS and its coaching staff, which competes in the region tournament this week.

“It's been an awesome experience, just being able to learn alongside them all year, it’s been great to be part of,” said Olivia Lane, another JCHS assistant coach.

Rather, they’re thankful for what’s been shown both on and off the court, and it’s created optimism going toward 2021 for the newest sport at Jones County.

“It’s really starting to come together and clicking,” Paulk said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.”