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Lady Longhorns volleyball team 2020 is ready to play on the field

CEDAR HILL, TX- Last season was a ‘building year’ for the Cedar Hill High School Volleyball Team

The Lady Longhorns have won three games, but head coach Davarika Johnson – now entering his second season as head coach – sees progress ahead.

“We had eight seniors last season and they had three head coaches over four seasons,” Johnson said. “We were able to start establishing our foundation and setting our standards. We are rebuilding our numbers and knowledge of the match. The light bulb went out for our players as we moved into the season.”

Johnson is pleased with the team’s season progress from October to early March.

Then the COVID-19 Pandemic kicked in and made it impossible for the team – and all teams – to practice.
Lady Longhorns returned to Strength & Conditioning Workout last month and they will resume on Monday.

About 25 academic-athletes participated and they were divided into groups to adhere to social distancing.

Trials begin on August 3. Cedar Hill’s season opener takes place eight days later on August 11 at Waxahachie Life. Lady Longhorns will make her home debut on August 18 against Hurst Bell and Harker Heights.

Coach Johnson prepares team to focus on communication and discipline

Johnson knows it can look very different than most seasons, with a limited fanbase or possibly no fans in attendance.

However, she is focused on preparing the team to hit strides this fall, with a focus on ball control, communication and discipline.

Senior Abrielle Jordan (middle blocker) and Andrea Gonzalez (setter) and, junior liberator Brianna Berry are the three returnees starting this season.

Jordan has received interest from several NCAA Division I Volleyball Programs, including Abilene Christian, Lamar and Prairie View A&M.

Johnson said of Jordan: “I’m expecting her to do great things this year and she’s improved a lot throughout the season.

Johnson credits Berry as the team’s defensive leader.

Johnson said: “She was very talkative and an enterprising person.

Gonzalez transferred to CHHS from Irving ISD School last season. So she practiced varsity team but couldn’t play in any varsity game.

Johnson calls Gonzalez a “great leader” and is confident she will be a game changer for Lady Longhorns.

With Jordan, Berry and Gonzalez leading the way, there will be several newcomers this season.

One point at a time

“We will have the majority of juniors,” Johnson said. “And we certainly have a lot of room for growth. We work hard and have a competitive mindset on the court. We are ready to take every point.”

Johnson brings a ton of volleyball experience on the sidelines. She is a three years
varsity player at Crowley High School, near Fort Worth, where she won the Newcomer of the Year award
Year and the title Setter of the Year. She played NCAA Division I College Volleyball at
Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. She was named the 2009 Western Division All-Way Athletic Conference (SWAC) Western Division Player of the Year.

She worked as an assistant coach at Everman, in Tarrant County, before joining the staff of Cedar Hill JV in 2018.

The Lady Longhorns are looking to return to the knockout stages for the second time in three seasons.

In 2018, they lost to Dallas Lake Highlands with a score of 3-1 in the first round.

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