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Spike Dogs split matches

September 03, 2021 - 00:00
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    Morgan County freshman Haedyn Crumbly (No. 5) sends a ball sailing over the net in the first set against Apalachee. LANCE McCURLEY/Staff
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    Spike Dogs’ junior Makenzie Pitzer had four kills against the Lady Wildcats. LANCE McCURLEY/Staff
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    Haedyn Crumbly and Allie Cox high-five after securing the victory over Apalachee. LANCE McCURLEY/Staff

The Morgan County volleyball team hosted Apalachee High School and Jefferson in a tri-meet on Thursday, Aug. 26.

The Spike Dogs beat Apalachee 2-0 to start the meet.

Morgan County dominated the first set 25-12 against the Lady Wildcats and controlled the tempo.

However, Apalachee made the Spike Dogs earn the match victory in the second set.

Morgan County head coach Kathleen Goodwin was pleased with how her team competed against the Lady Wildcats.

“We looked good against Apalachee,” Goodwin said. “They started off strong and our high energy sparked a big win for us in the first set.”

Morgan County and Apalachee went back and forth by trading points in the second set.

“The second set saw a little drop in energy on our side,” Goodwin said. “So, it was a constant reminder that they needed to play to their level in order to win.”

Nevertheless, the Spike Dogs were able to pull away and win the set 25-23 to secure the match victory.

Goodwin pointed out that the second set was all energy.

“The girls felt confident with such a big win in the first set, and the second saw a little fall in energy,” Goodwin said. “It got tight as Apalachee gained in points and energy, which is normal, so it was a matter of rediscovering the confidence from the first set.”

Despite all the success in the first match, Morgan County dropped its second match to Jefferson, 2-1.

Goodwin said that she was proud of her girls and how they handled playing against such a quality team.

“They are a solid team with a big block on the net, so they challenged our hitters and ended up on top,” she added. “The match was super competitive and very entertaining volleyball. A win would have been great, but it definitely pushed us and gave us some points to work on moving forward.”

The Spike Dogs competed in a tournament on Saturday, Aug. 28 and went 2-2, according to Max Preps.

Morgan County won its first two matches against East Jackson and Atlanta International School.

However, the Spike Dogs lost the last two matches to Athens Academy and Hebron Christian Academy.

This week, they competed against Sandy Creek, Jackson County, Athens Academy and North Oconee.

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