Volleyball sweeps Jamboree in preseason competition

Jeffs Volleyball picked up wins in both their junior varsity and varsity matches when they faced off against the Wolverines at Wilber-Clatonia on Friday, August 21.

The varsity, following the JV’s two winning sets (25-4, 25-20), won a trio of back-to-back-to-back sets in the best-of-five (25-22, 25-22, 25-14). After almost two weeks of practice, the Jamboree served as one last checkpoint against a familiar opponent before the upcoming season.

“We were nervous since it was our first match, but we’ve played Wilber before so we knew what to expect,” Allison Davis ’23 said. “I thought we did good for it being our first match of the season.”

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The 2020 Fairbury Jeffs Volleyball team. Both the JV and varsity squads swept the Wolverines on Friday, August 21.

The fall season has already been rocked by change. The Covid-19 pandemic has left the future of all high school athletics in question. Additionally, the Jeffs have experienced an alteration to their conditioning approach. The volleyball team brought in members of the Army National Guard for a boot camp-esque conditioning week and have started incorporating more cardio into practices.

“I’d say it was a bit more difficult than past years, but I think we all put in the dedication and grit that it took to work harder than any other team we will come across,” Briaunna Knothe ’21 said. “I believe we’ve always been dedicated to our program and encourage the younger kids when they struggle with new things.”

With new routines and a competition under their belts, the Jeffs are looking ahead and planning to use every bit of experience they gain to power through the postseason. Setting goals tailored to their team is a large part of the process.

“I think every team has the goal to want to go to State,” Karly McCord ’22 said. “One of our goals this season is to have a winning record and make it further in Districts this year.”