Glynn Academy volleyball coach Jon Ricketts cautioned his players about overconfidence going into the next round of the Class 6A playoffs after the Lady Terrors convincingly defeated Mt. Zion-Jonesboro Thursday.
Before sweeping the Lady Bulldogs, the No. 4 seed out of Region 4, Ricketts told his players to focus on fundamentals.
They dominated through the match, sweeping Mt. Zion in three sets.
After the match, he expressed surprise his players looked as dominant as they appeared on the court.
“Truthfully, they have been very strong (in the past),” he said of Mt. Zion.
Despite the dominating victory, taking less than an hour, Ricketts said his girls could have played better.
“We were fairly sloppy the first two sets,” he said. “We played better the third set.”
The Lady Terrors, 28-20, were led by Morgan Overly with 14 digs, 10 kills and 6 aces.
Savannah Serafini had 12 digs, 5 kills and 3 aces. Jazmine Richardson led the team with 17 digs and Savannah Lyons had 10 digs.
Macyn Nasser had four kills and two blocks; Braylee Tompkins had 10 assists; Bliss Hutchings had 9 assists; Madi Morris had 5 kills and Erin Osbourn had four kills and two blocks.
Thursday’s game is not an indication of the level of competition the team will face moving forward in the playoffs, Ricketts said. The team understands it doesn’t get any easier as they advance.
“I told the girls this is not an indication of the quality of opponents from here on out,” he said.
Ricketts said he won’t know his next opponent until today, but he does know the game will be played at Glynn Academy, which will be a help with the support of the home crowd.
“This home team is our seventh man,” he said.
Despite the strong competition ahead, Ricketts said his team can go deep into the playoffs. His team plays the winner of the Lee County/Grovetown game Tuesday.
“We’ve got a tough road ahead of us,” he said. “Anything can happen.”