By Anthohy Rhoads and Jeffery Armstrong
Undefeated: After winning the Clayton County championship Saturday, the Jonesboro Lady Cardinals remained undefeated with a 16-0 record. Even though he is glad the team is doing well, head coach Dan Maehlman would rather peak at the end of the season when it counts.
"That isn't real big," he said. "The main thing is for us to get better and be the best we can be. We don't want to peak too soon. With this group, they can only get better and better."
Jonesboro plays host to Mt. Zion and Coffee County today.
"We approach it one game at a time; we just take it day-by-day," Maehlman said.
Working hard: Riverdale senior hitter Tia Perry said she has put a lot of time and effort into becoming a better volleyball player. Perry and good friend Kelly Allen, who's also on the volleyball team, worked together on spiking, serving the ball and playing defense this summer.
"I've been working on my serve and my timing on my spikes," said Perry, who also plays basketball and runs track. "I've been watching college volleyball games on TV and I've seen how they dig balls and spike them. I have learned a lot."
Unlike most of the county volleyball players, Perry likes volleyball as much as the other sports she plays. Perry said she doesn't have one favorite n she likes them all the same.
That's pretty good: Riverdale has an interesting team cheer whenever one of their players hits a service ace. The Lady Raiders displayed it against Morrow last Thursday and Morrow hitter Jordan Greenleaf was impressed.
"That's nice, I like that," Greenleaf said after Riverdale got an ace and did the cheer.
Is that all you got?: Perry has worked hard on her defense and she's very confident about digging balls that are spiked at her.
During Riverdale's match against Morrow last Thursday, Perry dug almost every spike in her direction. One time during one of the games, Perry said "y'all have to come stronger than that!"
Players from all over: As a first-year team, the Luella Lady Lions roster is full of players from other schools.
Chelsea Flynn, Elyse Butler, Rebecca Garrett, Stacy Oskam and Jessicar Barber came over from Eagle's Landing, Megan Bailey and Susie Largin went to Henry County last year, Julie Close went to Bible Baptist and Ashley Cannon moved in from Lovejoy.
Cannon's older sister Brandi was a standout on Lovejoy's volleyball and basketball teams.
Luella head coach Alan Keel was an assistant at Eagle's Landing the last two years.
High goals: Even though Luella is a first-year program, the Lady Lions have high hopes.
"Our girls want to go to state," Keel said. "I think we can be competitive in the area and do well in the county tournament.