By Anthony Rhoads
At the beginning of the volleyball season, one of Jonesboro's goals was to win the Clayton County Tournament.
Saturday, the Lady Cardinals achieved that goal by beating Morrow in the finals 25-22, 25-13 and 25-11. Jonesboro improved its season record to 16-0.
Jonesboro made it to the final round by beating Riverdale, Mt. Zion and Morrow in preliminary action.
Morrow opened the tournament by beating Mundy's Mill and North Clayton but was sent to the losers' bracket with a loss to Jonesboro. Morrow then defeated Riverdale to advance to the championship match.
"This was our first goal at the beginning of the year," Jonesboro head coach Dan Maehlman said. "We're pleased we've achieved that one goal and our next goal is to win the area championship again."
Jonesboro won the inaugural Clayton County championship in 2000 and Morrow won two straight tournament titles in 2001 and 2002.
"This has become a yearly thing with us and Jonesboro," Morrow head coach Yolanda Jenkins said. "We would have liked to have won the county tournament but we're improving. This was a good test for us; we need to work on some things but we're getting better."
Morrow's overall record is 10-4.
"I feel good about the rest of the season," Jenkins said. "At the end of the year we want to play for the area championship and get to state; that's our goal again."
Last year, Jonesboro won the Area 2-AAAAA championship and advanced to the Class AAAAA state tournament.
All-tournament team: Jonesboro senior Kathleen Williams was named the MVP of this year's county tournament.
"Kathleen is probably one of the best hustlers I've coached in the last four years," Maehlman said. "She gets after it; she's got unbelievable heart and gives it 110 percent every time she gets on the court.
Also receiving all-tournament honors were Riverdale's Tia Perry, Morrow's Jordan Greenleaf and Patreace Booker and Jonesboro's Latreace Johnson and Lauren Wood.
Up next: Jonesboro plays host to Mt. Zion and Coffee County Tuesday at 5 p.m. Morrow and Stockbridge travel to Eagle's Landing Tuesday at 5 p.m.