Facing one of the better No. 2 seeds in the state tournament, the Jackson County volleyball team’s season ended with a four-set loss on the road to Northview Tuesday (Oct. 20) in the first round.
The No. 3-seeded Panthers dropped the first two sets to the Titans 25-8 and 25-21 before picking up a 25-23 win in the third set. Northview, however, ended the match and the Panthers’ season with a 25-19 victory in the fourth set.
"It was great being back at Jackson County with our girls," head coach Ron Fowler said of the season, having returned to Jackson County following a two-year stint at Colquitt County. "We knew heading into the region tournament that the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds were going to get a great draw and be able to make a run. Obviously it goes without saying that falling to No. 3 made it a much tougher road for us. I definitely think we did really well overall considering how young we were this year."
Rebecca Teague led Jackson County against Northview with eight kills and three blocks. Gracie Herrin added seven kills. Ruthie Fowler had six kills, four aces and 15 digs.
Sydney McCutcheon totaled 28 assists, 11 digs, four kills and four aces. Sophie Harris finished with 22 digs, while Ansley Herrin had 12 digs. Katie Hitt recorded 17 digs and four kills.
With the loss, the Panthers finished the season at 21-13. Jackson County will lose no players off this team to graduation heading into next year.
"This year was very beneficial, especially for the three freshman and the three other members that got their first experience in varsity competition," Fowler said. "Some of the returning starters from the previous season played new positions and embraced new roles. I think this experience, combined with offseason work, should set us up nicely for the 2021 season."