Hobbton’s JV girls opened up the volleyball season this week with what coach Russell Jones called an impressive 2-1 victory over county rival Union, winning 25-18, 13-25, 25-23.
JV Wildcat Megan Parker’s serve at the end of the final game, the coach said, proved lethal and the right combination to move Hobbton into the “W” column.
“She was a major weapon,” Jones said about Parker. “She had several serves in the last game that put us ahead. We were trailing in that last game and we came back to win it. It was big for us.”
The varsity wasn’t so lucky, though sluggish play in the first two games was stepped up in the third.
Hobbton lost to the varsity Lady Spartans 22-25, 15-25, 25-21.
“We looked really bad in the second game,” Jones acknowledged, “but by the third game we had started to put things together.”
In that final game, at 21-18 and anyone’s ball game, the ‘Cats stepped up play, with back-and-forth action that allowed them to pull ahead and maintain that lead until the end of play.
Jones said in the third game, the Lady ‘Cats were serving much better and that paid off for the team.
“But I have to give Union a lot of credit; they played really well throughout,” the Hobbton coach said.
Hobbton’s JV is now 1-0 on the young season; the varsity is at 0-1.
The two teams will hit the court again next Tuesday when they face Rosewood.
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