By Jeffery Armstrong
The Morrow Lady Mustangs' 2003 road show took them to North Clayton Thursday in non-area volleyball action and they came away with a sweep of their opponents.
The Lady Mustangs (5-1) easily took care of the Mays Lady Raiders in their first match, winning 25-13, 25-13, 25-14. Morrow had a much better match against the homestanding Lady Eagles of North Clayton, beating them 25-17, 25-16.
North Clayton (1-1) defeated Mays in three games, 25-3, 25-18, 25-17, thanks to great plays by Ashley Johnson, Rockelle Smith and LaShaundra Pierce.
The North Clayton/Morrow match was the best-of-three due to time constraints.
Sophomore hitter Jordan Greenleaf led Morrow's attack against North Clayton, recording 12 kills in that match.
North Clayton took early leads in both games, but Morrow's setters, especially Alexis Ofodile, made quality assists to set up Greenleaf for great kill shots. Hard serves by North Clayton's Jasmine Sykes and Johnson gave the Lady Eagles the lead at 9-7 in game one, but that was the last lead North Clayton would enjoy.
A Greenleaf kill put Morrow ahead 11-9 and the Lady Mustangs never looked back. Two Patrece Booker service aces gave Morrow a 17-11 lead and Greenleaf made nice kill shots to give Morrow the 25-17 win.
North Clayton sprinted to a 5-1 lead in game two, with great play from Sykes and Kendra Courtland, but Morrow hung in there and soon took a 9-8 lead. Morrow led by as many as five points later in the game, but North Clayton would always cut the lead down and get back in the contest. Critical serving and hitting mistakes gave Morrow momentum to increase their leads.
Kills by Greenleaf and a service ace by Tara Ramsey gave Morrow the game and match win, 25-16.
In the first match, Morrow jumped out to leads of 20-7, 8-0 and 14-2 before winning their games over Mays.
"I was impressed with how we played in the second match," said Morrow head coach Yolanda Jenkins. "Jordan [Greenleaf] tried to be more aggressive today and I'm glad. After all, she's the biggest thing out there n she should be aggressive."
North Clayton head coach Kimleon Turner was pleased with his team's performance.
"It wasn't bad for the first match of the year. We look to improve by our first region match Sept. 2," he said. "We didn't set each other up enough, especially against a good team like Morrow. We'll be in here Monday working hard to improve."
In other county volleyball action Thursday, Jonesboro improved to 6-0 with match wins over Mundy's Mill and Forest Park. They beat Mundy's Mill 25-8, 25-7 and Forest Park 25-9, 25-16.