Morgan Academy’s Anna Kate Mock-Jordan (1) returns the ball over two Meadowview Christian School defenders during the rival’s varsity scrimmage game on Tuesday at Morgan. Morgan will start the regular season on Saturday, while Meadowview will begin on Monday. -- Robert Hudson

Morgan, Meadowview look ahead to season after scrimmage

Published 9:33pm Thursday, August 9, 2012

With the start of the season less than a week away, a pair of local volleyball teams got together to get in a little bit more practice.

The Morgan Academy Lady Senators and the Meadowview Christian School Lady Trojans volleyball teams scrimmaged each other at Morgan on Tuesday.

Both school’s varsity and junior varsity squads scrimmaged in order to put players in game-like situations before the start of the 2012 Alabama Independent School Association volleyball season.

Jennifer Moore, head volleyball coach of Morgan Academy, said the Lady Senators have been working hard in practices the past couple of weeks and she was pleased with their showing in the scrimmage against Meadowview, but there’s still room for improvement.

“We’ve had a lot of practices in the last two weeks and I’m really pleased with the way they played today. Our defense needs a little work, but I’m real pleased with the way the team’s pulling together, moving together and playing well,” Moore said. “[The scrimmage] helps me look and see what we need to work on and what our weak areas are, so we can work on those in practices in order to improve.”

Robby Redd, head volleyball coach of Meadowview Christian School, said that while the Lady Trojans haven’t been able to log much practice time, he liked some of what he saw in the scrimmage.

“This year has been a little bit different. We’ve had our gym under construction for the last three or four weeks since we’ve been able to practice, so we really have practiced very little — I think we’ve had five practices this whole year,” Redd said. “Basically, all we’ve worked on is just trying to receive the ball and try to get it up in the air. We haven’t really had time to work on anything.

“I was proud of how they played today considering the little practice that we’ve had.”

Redd said he’s already found another place for the Lady Trojans to practice in the meantime, and with more practice time, he’s sure they’ll be ready.

“Our plans are now, we’ve gotten in with the YMCA and they’re letting us practice in their gym a couple times a week,” Redd said. “Our gym’s still out for probably three more weeks, so we’re going to get more hours in the gym for the next couple weeks just being at the Y and we’re going to work on our basics. Right now, we don’t have time to work on a whole lot other than just basic serves and other things. We’ve received the ball well, we’ve set it pretty well and hit fair.

“We’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing the last few practices and the next three or so weeks, we’ll be there,” Redd said.

Morgan will play its first game of the season on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Macon-East Montgomery Academy in the AISA Elite 8 Tournament.

Meadowview will start its season against Morgan on Monday, Aug. 13.

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