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Bre Heaton, Reagan Dellinger and Kylie Polsgrove prepare for a serve in last week's road
matchup at Johnson County, Tenn. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2013-08-29 17:27:52
Last modified: 2013-08-29 17:28:36

Lady Vikings volleyball tips off season

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The Mitchell McKinney era at the helm of Avery volleyball officially began last week, as the Lady Vikings hit the court for three matches to open the 2013 regular season.

Avery opened the season with a home match in Viking Gym on Monday, Aug. 19, against West Wilkes. The clubs played several evenly matched sets, but the Lady Blackhawks came out on top, escaping Newland with a four-set victory.

The following evening, Avery ventured to Jefferson to take on Ashe County in a non-conference match. Both AHS junior varsity and varsity teams were dominant in picking up victories over the Lady Huskies.

On Thursday, Aug. 22, Avery hit the road again, traveling across the border to Mountain City, Tenn., to take on the Johnson County Lady Longhorns. The teams battled through four sets, but the Lady Vikings came up short, as Johnson County defended home court and earned a win.

"The girls were a bit nervous for our first match, especially some of our JV girls, but I think we got over that after a little while. On Tuesday, we looked a lot better and both our teams played well," McKinney said. "In the Johnson County match, we had a lot of close sets in both the JV and varsity matches, and wasn't able to pull out a win."

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