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Winder volleyball shows improvement this season

POSTED: August 30, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The Winder-Barrow Lady Bulldoggs volleyball team is riding a seven-game winning streak after putting away Heritage and Monroe in Thursday’s home matches.

“It’s really encouraging and the girls are getting confidence in those wins,” head coach David Rows noted.

In the opener, Winder-Barrow (13-6, 0-1 Area 8-AAAAA) took down Heritage in a non-region contest 25-20, 27-25. After that, the Lady Doggs beat Monroe Area 25-20, 25-22. 

Winder-Barrow defeated Monroe Area in their second match of the season, requiring three sets to beat the Purple Hurricanes the first time around, highlighting their continued improvement throughout the season. 

While the improvement throughout the season is important, it pales in comparison to Winder’s improvement from last season to this one, and that is what the Lady Doggs really enjoy seeing.

“We’ve already doubled last season’s win total and we’re not even halfway through this season,” Rows commented. 

As for what has caused the overall improvement, Rows had trouble pinpointing one particular element of the team’s game. Instead, he noted improvements at multiple key levels giving Winder-Barrow a better look on the court.

“To be honest, they’re just doing everything better. They’re playing as a team better,” Rows acknowledged, pointing out a few specific areas. “Our serve-receive has gotten 100 percent better. Last year we really struggled getting the ball up to our setters off serves, and I thought we’ve done a good job with that. 

“Our setting has been remarkably improved since last season, and some of our girls are just getting stronger having played club ball in the offseason and we’re more confident hitters,” Rows listed. “All around, I think we’re just very confident in the ten girls that we have that I can put any one of them in and they can play with anyone.”

Thursday’s game with Heritage was not listed officially as an area match although the two teams are both Area 8-AAAAA opponents, but the win over a quality opponent that the Lady Doggs could see again in the tournament is a morale booster.

Winder-Barrow will see Heritage again in an official area match this Thursday in Loganville, giving Winder one more chance to revisit a team they have a difficult history with.

“Heritage was the team that knocked us out of the region last year and it kind of ended our season on a sour note,” Rows reminisced. “We’d been playing alright up to that point and kind of getting better and we just didn’t play well against Heritage. We haven’t beaten them in two years.

“They were a pretty decent team…so to see our girls come out and know that they can win a game, and to know that if they do what they’re supposed to do we can get Ws is pretty exciting,” Rows added.

The Lady Doggs will have a week until their next match as they travel to Loganville for a tri-meet with the Lady Red Devils and the aforementioned Patriots of Heritage, setting up the first of several matches against Area 8-AAAAA opponents.

After the night at Loganville on Thursday, Winder will face Apalachee and Lanier at Lanier High School on Sep. 9 before hosting Gainesville and Cedar Shoals on Sept. 16. 



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