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Lithia Springs keeps aim on playoffs
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
September 25, 2013 09:27 AM | 1016 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lithia Springs junior Megan Jackson passes the ball during practice.
Lithia Springs junior Megan Jackson passes the ball during practice.
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Starting their season with a brand new coach and fewer girls than they expected, the Lithia Springs volleyball team is still acing the competition and working hard for a spot in the playoffs.

With an overall record of 9-2 and a region record of 5-1 after their matches on Sept. 19, first-year head coach Telicia Leonard said the team is doing well.

“We have made adjustments throughout the season in order to emphasize the strengths of all players. The team’s cohesion is more than expected ­— they encourage each other; they have wonderful chemistry,” said Leonard.

With four days ahead of them before the end of the regular season, the Lady Lions are second in Region 5-AAAAA, but Leonard doesn’t want the girls to get ahead of themselves by focusing on the playoffs before they’ve finished the regular season.

“If we continue remaining focused, minimizing errors and improving our defensive game, we shall see,” she said of the team’s postseason chances. “The season is still young. We will not know until the final game of the regular season is played.”

Statistically, the team is currently led in kills by senior Amariah Boyer and led in assists by her twin, senior Anaiah Boyer.

Amariah is currently leading the team in blocks as well, but Leonard said this has been a battle.

“Our blockers are doing exceptionally well. Amariah, Anaiah and Megan Jackson are all dominant threats at the net and are all competing for leading blocker,” Leonard said.

According to Leonard all of the players are “excelling with aces” as the Boyers, Jackson, Casi Gilbert and Kiko Heno have all had games with at least 10 aces.

While the regular season isn’t done, Leonard said she has learned a few things from this season and working with the team.

“This season I have worked with a group of young ladies that are all natural leaders, in school, in their respective communities and in their athletic pursuits,” said Leonard.

“It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to coach them towards implementing their assets and leadership capabilities, in both practice and in live play.”

The team is scheduled to play in the Douglas County tournament Saturday at Chapel Hill.

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