Morgan varsity, JV sweep Marion Academy in home opener

Published 11:15 pm Monday, August 13, 2012

Morgan Academy’s Megan Leigh Siddens goes up to spike the ball during a home-opening game against Marion Academy on Monday. Morgan’s varsity team defeated Marion Academy in three sets to capture its first win of the season. -- Robert Hudson

For the Morgan Academy Lady Senators volleyball team, the first home game of the season brought with it their first win of the year.

The Morgan Academy varsity girls defeated Marion Academy 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-16) in their first home game of the season.

Jennifer Moore, head volleyball coach of Morgan Academy, said the Lady Senators (1-2) played well, but there’s still work to do.

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“Varsity played well tonight. We still need to work on some communication and making sure we’re moving as a defense from our base,” Moore said, “but I’m proud of the way they played and I think we’ll move along well.”

Monday’s win comes after the Lady Senators opened the season in the Alabama Independent School Association Elite 8 Tournament at Macon East on Saturday.

Moore said the Lady Senators played inconsistently during the tournament on Saturday and will continue working in practice in order to improve on that and other aspects of their game.

“We played up and down. We would play great one game and we’d be down the next game,” Moore said. “We’ve just got to get consistent so we can work together and get a rhythm on the floor. We need to work on our defense and need to work on making sure we’re getting off the court to attack. We need to work on our blocking a bit, too.”

The Morgan Academy Lady Senators junior varsity also picked up its first win of the season, as it defeated Marion Academy 2-1 (25-18, 25-27, 15-1) on Monday.

Moore said she’s proud of the progress the junior varsity team (1-1) has made, and said she’s had some help with the team.

“I’m very proud of the J.V. team and the way they’ve come along in the last two weeks,” Moore said. “Dee Griffin and April Clark, they’ve been working with the J.V. for the last week, they went with them to a tournament on Saturday and they [J.V.] have come so far in just a short amount of time working with these two girls. I’m very thankful for them working with them and I’m very proud of the J.V. and how they’ve come along.”

Both the Morgan Academy varsity and J.V. teams will continue the season on Tuesday at rival Meadowview Christian School, with the junior varsity starting at 4 p.m. and the varsity playing after the conclusion of the junior varsity game.