John Cooper School Sports: Dragon Volleyball Starts Strong

By: Lynn Boeding
| Published 08/11/2019

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- John Cooper Dragon Volleyball starts strong.

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Cooper Finishes Third Out of 62

8/10-11 at TAPPS Spike Down Classic Tournament, Fort Worth, TX

From Coach Ray Hedden: The team played in the three-day Spike Down Tournament finishing third out of 62 teams. Our only loss was to Concordia, who ended up winning the tournament. The team came into the tournament straight out of tryouts. We held team placement Monday and Tuesday and got on the bus Wednesday, so we have had minimal time on the court as a group. We won our pool on Day 1 after going 2 -0–1 then did the same on Day 2 also going 2-0-1. We started Day 3 in the platinum division (top bracket) facing Houston Christian, beating them in straight sets. We then moved into the Final 4 having to play Concordia in order to make the finals. Concordia prevailed, but we played hard and gave them a great match. The third place match had us up against Lubbock Trinity. The third place match was all about who wanted it more. Both teams are very scrappy but we prevailed showing true grit.


Tournament leaders for the Dragons:

Laura Weatherford (’22) was named All Tournament – led the team in passing and digs with 64 digs!

AJ Harrell (’21) led the team in offense with 49 kills as well as lead the team in blocks with 16! She was very dynamic and every team we played had a tough time stopping her.

AC Adam (’20) and Lauren Wolford (’23) led the team in ACEs both tallying 14.
AC also was 2nd in passing efficiency and tallied 30 digs

Lauren Harkness (’21) led the teams offense with 64 assists

Rivers Kolesar (’23) and Hailey Huettel (’20) both played great with 26 kills each

August 8

JCS vs Ovilla–Tie 1-1 (25-17, 11-25)

JCS vs Highlands–Win 2-0 (25-3, 25-18)

JCS vs Grapevine Faith– Win 2-0 (25-19, 25-10)


August 9

JCS vs Grace Prep– Win 2-0 (25-17, 25-18)

JCS vs Grapevine Faith– Win 2-0 (25-15, 25-14)

JCS vs Brookhill–Win 1-1 (19-25, 25-10)


August 10

JCS vs Houston Christian– Win 2-0 (25-15, 25-19)

JCS vs Concordia– Loss 0-2 (21-25, 22-25)

JCS vs Lubbock Trinity– Win 2-0 (25-21, 25-18)

THIRD PLACE FINISH • Laura Weatherford Named ALL TOURNAMENT


Next up for Dragon Volleyball:
Aug. 16-17 at CHSM Invitational Tournament
Aug. 20 vs. Concordia Lutheran, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 23-24 at Bay Area Christian Tournament
Aug. 27 vs. Bay Area Christian, 6 p.m.


VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY

Next up for Dragon Cross Country:
Aug. 23 Friday Night Lights at Bear Branch Sports Park, 5 p.m.
Aug. 31 hosting the Cooper Dragon Invitational at Burroughs Park, 8 a.m.



VARSITY FOOTBALL

Next up for Dragon Football:
Aug. 16 at Fort Bend Christian Academy, 6 p.m. scrimmage
Aug. 23 vs. Second Baptist, 6 p.m. scrimmage
Aug. 30 vs. Frassati Catholic, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 vs. Legacy Prep, 7 p.m. HOMECOMING



UPCOMING VARSITY SPORTS ACTION AT HOME:

Tuesday, August 20

5:30 p.m. Varsity Volleyball vs. Concordia Lutheran

Friday, August 23

5 p.m. Varsity Cross Country at Friday Night Lights (nearby)

6 p.m. Varsity Football vs. Second Baptist (scrimmage)

Tuesday, August 27

6 p.m. Varsity Volleyball vs. Bay Area Christian

Friday, August 30

7 p.m. Varsity Football vs. Frassati Catholic

Saturday, August 31

8 a.m. Varsity Cross Country hosts Cooper Dragon Invitational at Burroughs Park

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