By Beth Cox
Sports Writer

The JCHS volleyball team had a busy week with three matches and ending the week with a tournament on Saturday. The busy schedule had the Lady Longhorns facing off with some tough competitors and held their own for the most part.
Unfortunately, once again, the girls can’t seem to keep the momentum going to get those important wins.
The Lady Longhorns made the short trek to Virginia to take on the 2018 state champions, Patrick Henry High School. The beginning of the match seemed to have the Lady Longhorns fired up and ready to play. The crowd was loud and very supportive of the home team, but the enthusiasm was not a distraction for Johnson County. The Lady Horns were playing well together and making some great shots at the net, but as the match continued, they did not seem to maintain the stamina they needed and eventually lost the match. They would face off again Thursday on the Longhorn court, but once again, they would lose to the Virginia team.
The Lady Horns were
back at home Tuesday night facing off against the Sullivan Central Cougars.
Unfortunately, the Lady Horns did not have their
best game against the
Cougars and lost the conference match. The Cougars were strong at the net and were able to capitalize on the weaknesses of their opponents.
Coach Michele Cooke said she “feels like my team took a step backward from the level of play they had reached in recent games.”
The Mountain Empire tournament was good practice for the Horns going forward. Tournament play is a great way to try new things and work on areas of improvements. Johnson County played well, but once
again can’t seem to get the match win.
The next couple of weeks are going to be very important to Johnson County as they take on some stiff competitors and play several conference matches. Cooke sees the toughness in her team, “the girls have overcome injury and exhaustion to push through for their team. They are some strong girls.” Cooke knows she has a lot of talent on her team but also realizes that each player needs to push through and play stronger and better as the team goes forward, “We need every athlete to be about the team’s mission in October, and
for each player to play the best she possibly can, each moment that she is on the court.”