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Johnson County Volleyball 2013

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Volleyball 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013Page 1
2013 Johnson County
Alvarado — Burleson — CentennialCleburne — Godley — Grandview — JoshuaKeene — Rio Vista
A sneak peak into the upcoming volleyball season,including schedules, photos and previews.
A special supplement to the
Cleburne Times-Review 
Page 2
Volleyball 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Johnson County Volleyball 2013is a publication of the
Cleburne Times-Review 
Publisher Kay HelmsManaging Editor Dale GosserDesign/Layout A.J. CrispSports Editor A.J. CrispContributing Photographers David BeansSteven HiserCierra JohnsonAdvertising Kay Helms, Mgr.Advertising executives Eric FaughtTammy KayLisa RussellGraphics/cover Ashley Garey
817-645-2441Fax: 817-645-4020108 S. Anglin St.Cleburne, TexasP.O. Box 1569Cleburne, TX 76033News Editoreditor@trcle.comSports Editorsports@trcle.comClassifiedsclassad@trcle.comOnlinewww.cleburnetimesreview.com
 While football is king inTexas, the volleyball scene in Johnson County is one of themore competitive countiesin the area. And if the 2013volleyball season for JohnsonCounty comes close to match-ing last year, local fans are infor a real treat.Six of the county’s nineteams made the postseason in2012: Alvarado, Burleson, Bur-leson Centennial, Cleburne,Grandview and Joshua. Andall six of those teams expecta return trip to the playos,while the other three teams —Godley, Keene and Rio Vista — have high aspirations of returning to the playos.Perhaps one of the more in-triguing storylines of 2012 wasthe District 8-4A race betweenBurleson, Cleburne and Joshua as all three teams battled forthe district crown before theLady Elks came out on top by one game over Joshua. All threeteams graduated key players,but all three teams also returnseveral important pieces, whileCentennial is expected to beimproved as well.e Alvarado Lady Indiansclinched a playo berth lastseason for the rst time in a decade, and with the majority of the team returning in 2013,a playo berth isn’t the goalanymore, it’s the expectation.Godley, which had previ-ously made the playos forseveral seasons in a row, barely missed out on the postseasonlast year, and the Lady Cats aredetermined to get back there.Keene and Rio Vista, twoprograms that have struggledin recent years, return plenty of experience and hope to grow during their nondistrict slate inorder to compete for a playo spot once district starts.Grandview graduated a good portion of last year’ssquad, but the Lady Zebrasstill have their sights set on a playo run.Burleson, Grandview, Joshua and Rio Vista all havenew head coaches this season,so it will be interesting to see if those teams look dierent onthe court under new leader-ship.Not only are the teams inthe county top-notch, butlocal individuals continue toimpress.Cleburne brings back Brianna Reband, the all-county and all-district blocker of theyear, and Cheyenne Lytle, lastyear’s newcomer of the year.Reband, in her senior season, isexpected to be one of the focalpoints of the Lady Jackets’attack this season and is one of the best multi-skilled players inthe area. Lytle had a breakoutseason as a sophomore last year,and she will shoulder moreresponsibility as a junior in2013.Burleson returns the two-time all-county and all-districtMVP in Holly Milam, one of the best players in the region.e Lady Elks also return all-district setter Alana Hughes. And there are even morequality players in the county,including Rio Vista’s Han-nah Kamphaus, Joshua’s CaliePayne, Grandview’s Jade Ro-chelle and Keene’s Jenna Bulles While Friday nights in thefall typically belong to the foot-ball eld, make sure and catchthese ladies in action every Tuesday night. Varsity vol-leyball matches on Friday alsobegin well before kicko on thegridiron, so show your supportat the end of the week, too.
A.J. Crisp
Sports editor
 Johnson County volleyball among the best
Volleyball 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013Page 3
By Tommy Brown
fter reaching the playoffs for thefirst time in 10 years last season, Al-varado Head Volleyball Coach Jill Barkeyis anxious to find out what her team of seven returners and nine seniors can doas an encore.It took less than three days of practicefor her to realize how special the upcom-ing season can potentially be.“Between the experience we had lastyear and the number of girls we haveback, they feel like this is their year —like they own it,” Barkey said. “It’s goingto be exciting to see what this group canaccomplish.”One stark difference this year is thelevel at which the 2013 Lady Indians arebeginning. Reaching the playoffs is nolonger a goal, but an expectation.“Because we lost so few girls, the ex-pectations are a lot higher than they werea year ago,” Barkey said. “We want tobeat Glen Rose, play better against Ste-phenville and even take a game fromthem. Those are things that in the past,I’m not sure we could set as a realisticgoal.“I don’t want to hear our girls talkingabout making the playoffs, that is a given.We’re either talking about first or secondin district and what we’re doing after wewin our first round playoff game. Expec-tations have changed.”Despite the seven returners and nineseniors, there are a few question markssurrounding the Lady Indians. The big-gest is the fact that the players who didgraduate had a big part in clogging themiddle of the floor last year and theirheight will be hard to replace.“We are going to be shorter, no doubt,”Barkey said. “Defensively we’ll have alot of the same kids, it’s just a matter of adjusting our blocking and defense whenthe other team is hitting at us.“We’re adjusting our technique ona lot of things and after just three days,some of the things they are doing we havenever taught before. It’s exciting to see.”While the team doesn’t lack confi-dence, Barkey admitted there is still somegrowing that needs to be done in terms of how to beat top-tier teams.“Our biggest problem, and this evenhappened in summer ball, is that evenwhen we’re beating a team we’re ‘notsupposed to beat’ we tend to play scared,”she said. “My No. 1 goal right now is toteach them not to do that. If we’re goingdown it isn’t going to be because we werescared, if we go down we’re going downswinging.”Alvarado opens its season Tuesday atNorthside. The Lady Indians begin Dis-trict 7-3A play Oct. 1 against Stephen-ville.
Expectations sky high for Lady Indians
After 1st playoff berth in10 years in 2012,playoffs are now theexpectation in Alvarado
Tommy Brown/Special to the CTR
Kenzie Shelfer, left, and Chelsea Brackin go up high for the ball during practice for theLady Indians, who have high expectations heading into 2013.

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