Volleyball concludes season with an improving record and high hopes

The Lady Jeffs volleyball team finished their season in subdistrict action after a hard-fought battle against the Auburn Bulldogs. They fell to Auburn in four sets.


Leah Mach ’21 and Jessa Eden ’19 attempt to block a hit from Auburn Bulldogs in the second round of subdistricts. The Jeffs fell to the Bulldogs in four sets. Photo by: Evie Schwab


After giving up the first set by 23 points, the Jeffs recovered fantastically and won the second set by two points. They lost the third set 25-14 and competed well but still fell short in the fourth set with a final score of 25-20.



Sophomore Sara Huss had the best passing average on the team in the game against Auburn with 2.00. Huss also had three blocks, one assist, and 13 digs. Photo by: Evie Schwab

“Even though we have no seniors this year that are leaving, it still was very emotional for everybody because we knew on Tuesday night that we had a very good chance at competing and winning against Auburn, but we didn’t pull through,” Jessa Eden ’19 said.


The game saw a total of only 62 serves for Fairbury with 11 errors and five aces. They had a total of 129 attempted hits with 29 errors and 32 kills.


Although their final record was 14-19, the team has seen much improvement from previous years. The last time the volleyball program had more than 10 wins was in the 2013 season.



The Lady Jeffs celebrate a point against the Bulldogs. The Jeffs battled through four sets, winning the second set 25-23. Photo by: Evie Schwab


“Our volleyball team this year worked so hard to become what we were this year. We took in the time and effort to make us an amazing team,” Eden said. “I’m proud to be apart of this team this year.”

With no seniors graduating this year, the Lady Jeffs Volleyball team will return next year along with some upcoming freshman.



A pre- and post-game tradition, the Lady Jeffs sing their final “Jump in, jump out” song for the season through the tears. The Jeffs had a record of 14-19 on the season. Photo by: Evie Schwab

“My hope for next year is that we come back even stronger and even closer together with everybody,” Eden said. “I’m hoping to have a great senior year with these girls and show them what we can do and accomplish all together as a team. I’m excited to see what our future holds.”