The Jefferson varsity volleyball team went 2-2 Saturday at the 36th Annual Biehle Invitational at Festus High School. With the split of the two matches, the Blue Jays are now 21-5 on the season.
The morning started off in pool play, and JHS was stopped by the incredibly hot Hillsboro Hawks. The Hawks, who would go on to win the tournament, have won eight straight matches as of yesterday. Hillsboro defeated Jefferson, 17-25, 13-25. But the Blue Jays rebounded nicely in the next pool match, defeating Seckman, 25-12, 20-25, 25-15. In this match, Laney Smith had a nice effort, collecting nine kills and ten digs. Ava Roth contributed 15 digs and ten service points, including an ace. Paige Siebert led the team with 15 assists, while Emma Breier and Kirstyn Loyd chipped in with six kills and nine assists respectively.
The Blue Jays made it two straight wins when they defeated Parkway North in the first bracket contest. The match did go three sets with Jefferson prevailing 25-16, 20-25, 25-15. Loyd played very well with seven kills, ten assists, two blocks, and two block assists. Smith led the team with eight kills and 14 digs. Roth added 13 digs, while Maddie Todd collected ten digs. The team collectively had 11 aces in the contest.
But the road stopped in the semifinals. The Festus Tigers got a little revenge from the defeat the Jays handed them earlier in the week. Jefferson fell 13-25, 22-25 to end their day. Smith closed out a very strong tournament with five kills, two block assists, and 17 service receptions. Loyd added five kills and three aces, while Paige Siebert collected nine assists. Abby Govreau chipped in with two aces, while Roth had 17 digs.
“Kirstyn Loyd ended the day increasing her season high record of aces to 54,” head coach Tara Fish explained. “Abby Govreau is close behind with 47.” Fish noted there was a lot to learn from the tournament. “There were a lot of good things that occurred, along with some things we need to work on,” she said. “I’m proud of the energy and effort.”
They’ll need every bit of that energy and effort tonight as the Blue Jays host the St. Pius Lancers tonight at approximately 6:30 p.m. The winner of the match will lay claim to the conference championship.