Volleyball Preview 2020: Jefferson
Back-to-back Sweet 16 runs sounds pretty good to most programs. For Jefferson, that’s just the bar. 2020 promises to perhaps be the best yet for a program that is used to making deep runs and winning a bunch of hardware.
“Trying to pick up where we left off,” states coach Brittani Lawrence on the goals of this team.
Head Coach: Brittani Lawrence, 5th Season
2019 Record: 35-6; State Sweet 16; Region 8-AAA Champions; #5 State Ranking
A Sweet 16 appearance for Jefferson marked the sixth time in the last ten years the team has gone that deep or further. Each of the past ten seasons culminated with a playoff trip, and includes five region titles, a semifinal run, and two separate quarterfinal finishes.
Key Departures: Mac Fowler, Margo Perry
Key Returning Players: JoJo Smith, Annabelle Cox, Abbey Howard, Olivia Burrage, Maddie Grace Smith, Sophia Stopher, Mia Mingus, Kam Hendrix, Baley Williams
So. Many. Players. Coming back for the Lady Dragons. This bodes well.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: Experience – the majority of last year’s team returns. The goal, as stated, is to pick up where they left off – and build past that.
Focusing On: It’s a new region (now 4A), so that means tougher competition. The overall schedule consists of 7A, 6A, 5A, and 4A schools, which means nothing comes easy. The team will work on advancing fundamentals on both offense and defense.