The Jackson County Comprehensive High School volleyball team has won more matches in the first two weeks of the season than it did all of last year.
The hot-starting Panthers, 4-29 a year ago, continued to impress this past week, beating Tallulah Falls (26-24, 25-23) and Lumpkin County (23-25, 25-20, 25-5) Thursday at home to move to 5-3.
“I enjoyed watching the girls come together after every play,” coach Crystal Colley said. “They had great teamwork.”
Jackson County (5-3), now 2-0 in Area 8-AA/A play, seeks its sixth victory of the year this Thursday on the road in a rematch with Tallulah Falls. The schedule continues on the road against Winder-Barrow and Salem Tuesday.
Leading servers against Tallulah Falls and Lumpkin County were Samantha Kennett (19 points), Naly Thao (18 points) and Breanna Chapman (16 points). Kennett led the team in assists with eight and Naly Thao in digs with five. Breanna Chapman led Jackson County in kills with 13, while Jasmine Williams had six.
Jackson County’s volleyball success has extended to the junior varsity ranks where the Panthers are 2-0, beating Tallulah Falls and Lumpkin County Thursday.
“I am confident in my players and coaching staff,” Colley said, pointing to junior varsity coach Wesley Colley and assistant coaches Amy Thompson and Katie Weiser. “I am looking forward to a great season.”