Sunday, August 11, 2013
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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 playos,while the other three teams —Godley, Keene and Rio Vista — have high aspirations of returning to the playos.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 playos 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 dierent 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.
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