Volleyball Preview 2021: Jefferson
The Lady Dragons’ motto of “All Heart” last season resonated, and pulsed throughout the program. It was a 30-win season for the 7th time in 11 years, and second in a row. The season came with a region title and state semifinal berth, along with a #1 ranking. Safe to say after 11 straight playoff trips, the bar continues to be as high as ever.
Head Coach: Brittani Lawrence, 6th Season
2020 Record: 30-9; State Final Four, Region 7-AAAA Champions, #1 State Ranking
The expectations? “Region Championship, strong advancement throughout state playoffs, hungry for a state championship match,” states coach Brittani Lawrence.
Key Departures: Annabelle Cox, JoJo Smith, Abbey Howard, Baley Williams, Maddie Grace Smith (not playing in 2021)
Key Returning Players: Olivia Burrage, Kamdyn Hendrix, Sophia Stopher, Dallas Morse, Mia Mingus
Annabelle Cox and JoJo Smith are going to be hard to replace, but with several other key players back, the team should be able to fill those gaps.
Strength & Area of Focus
Strength: “Most of our returners are defensive players with Olivia strong in offense,” says Lawrence. “The Final Four loss made us incredibly hungry!”
Focus: “Put ourselves in a position to max out,” exclaims Lawrence. “Consistently executing defense/offense plays. Always have an intention/purpose with the ball.”