The Johnson University volleyball team won its first match in the regional tournament against Alice Lloyd College on Saturday. Both teams fought hard, but the Royals came away with the win.
“I was very excited about the outcome of the game,” Alicia Weaver, the JUTN head volleyball coach, said. “The girls definitely played hard. They had great communication and came together as a team.”
Before the game began, JUTN player Cassidy Roberts led both teams in prayer.
Alice Lloyd College (ALC) took the lead early, running up a score of 14-7.
The Royals quickly turned the game around and did not let ALC score without stiff opposition.
At one point in the second round, both teams were tied at 16-16. The Royal’s efficient blocking and precise passing was vital for the win.
The Royals maintained a positive attitude, even when they were behind.
“They played very well and I loved their excitement and how they encouraged each other throughout the game,” Vallery Morgan, a freshman at Johnson University, said.
After a short break to cool off half-way through the game, the Royals resumed the game with enthusiasm.
The Royals kept the Eagles hemmed in and did not allow them to score more than single digits for a majority of the game.
Once the Eagles did reach a double-digit score, however, the Royals still managed to stay in the lead.
In the third round, ALC gained control over the scoreboard. That quickly changed within a few minutes and resulted in Johnson being the first to get to 25 points.
The game ended on a positive note with prayer between both teams.
“This team has experienced some highs and lows, but we ultimately have bonded and become one with the Lord,” said Cassidy Roberts, a JUTN volleyball player. “We know that we have potential to rise to the top —I love my teammates, each and every one of them.”