Jackson County is back in the Sweet 16 after a three-set sweep of Murray County Saturday in the first round of the state tournament. 

The Jackson County volleyball team is back in the Sweet 16 after rolling past first-round state tournament opponent Murray County 25-11, 25-20, 25-15 Saturday at Jackson (Butts County) High School. 

The second-seeded Panthers will take on Jackson (Butts County) in the second round Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Jackson (Butts County). Jackson County is aiming for its third-straight trip to the Elite Eight. 

"We played well enough to win but will have to raise our level to beat Jackson High School," coach Jeff White said. "They have good hitters, solid defense and home court advantage. We will need to serve tough and pass well enough to keep our offense in-system. We will also need to dig really well as Jackson has good outside hitters."

Jackson County, which has already set a school record for wins in a season, improved to 35-11 with Saturday's win. 


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