Heading into the season Lawrence County head coach Robyn Hutto put an emphasis on winning the area this year.
Safe to say they’re well on their way.
The Red Devils opened the first week of play with a win over Hamilton and then last week dispatched of Russellville with relative ease.
“I’ve got area games scheduled almost every Thursday and we have West Point next, which I think will be our biggest challenge,” Hutto said. “But I made it an emphasis to win area games and I’m proud of the way they’ve responded. We’ve got to win because if we don’t we’ll cross with Jasper in the first game at regionals.”
Speaking of Jasper, the Devils took on the Vikings later in the night. Jasper is ranked No. 1 in class 5A and are coming off a state championship. The Vikings are also ranked No. 1 in the state’s power rankings which adds every classification together.
Lawrence County fell to Jasper in two hard fought sets, but Hutto was just glad her young team, that is replacing seven seniors, was able to get experience playing a team of that caliber.
“We’re not young as far as age goes, but we’re very young as far as varsity experience goes,” Hutto said. “We schedule teams like them, and I’m playing them (Jasper) four times, because I want them to know they can compete against teams like that.”
Hutto felt her team’s first performance against the Vikes was a good start.
“I let them know that when we had balls in system like we were supposed to we competed. I thought we did a better job of adjusting and playing in the second set,” she said. “A loss now doesn’t matter here on September 5, but it will in October.”
The Devils have a strong history of making postseason runs, just two seasons removed from a state finals appearance. However, 5A runs through the Vikings right now and Thursday won’t be the last time these two teams match up.