Lady Jeffs Volleyball drops tough season opener

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Lady Jeffs Volleyball looks to improve from Thursday’s loss and is back in action Tuesday at Thayer Central. Photo by: N. Harris

Lady Jeffs Varsity Volleyball battled it out in a 1-3 loss in Auburn Thursday, August 30. They dropped the first two sets (14-25, 15-25), won the third (25-23), and finally lost the fourth (15-25) in a best of 5 match.

Overall, the Lady Jeffs had 10 aces, 35 kills, 9 blocks, and 27 digs throughout the four sets. Seniors Jessa Eden and Mikasa Lierman led the team in blocks (5) and digs (11) respectively. Leah Mach ’21 led in both aces (5) and kills (11).

The Lady Jeffs saw both good things and areas to improve in from Thursday. Moving onward in the season, players look to build off of this match.

“I think we did a good job at playing hard even when we were down and getting those first game jitters out of the way,” Janessa Swanda ’19 said. “I think since it was our first game of the season, we had all of those nerves in us. We just need to work on making good passes to be able to make those good plays at the net.”

With no seniors last year, Volleyball suffered no graduation losses coming into the season. There are five seniors on the Lady Jeffs’ roster for the 2018 season who have now begun their last high school season.

“It’s really weird if I think about it,” Swanda said. “This is my last season playing with this team and it doesn’t seem quite real yet. It’ll be really hard to leave this team because I love every single one of these girls.”

The Junior Varsity and Reserve teams both dropped two sets in a best of 3. The Lady Jeffs are back in action at Thayer Central on Tuesday.