The Jefferson junior varsity volleyball team closed out a busy week on Saturday by participating in its own Jefferson JV Tournament. After play concluded, the Blue Jays ended week one with a 3-2-1 record.
Prior to the tournament, the Blue Jays evened its record at 1-1 after a 25-8, 25-22 road win at Ste. Genevieve on Thursday. Riley Duvall had a nice night, leading the team with five kills, two solo blocks, and three block assists. “It felt amazing to get that first win,” she said on Friday. “Last night we worked together better as a team, and I am very proud of our performance. I think nerves got the best of us when playing against Seckman. But as long as we can keep up the communication on the court and cheer each other on, we can do amazing things.”
Paige Theodoro collected nine assists, while Emma Brier had nine digs. Lydia Strohmeier also had eight digs and 12 service receptions without an error. “It felt great to get that first win to start off our year,” Strohmeier stated. “The team played great, had good energy the whole game, and we knew what we wanted and played for it. None of us got mad at anyone or at ourselves. If we did make a mistake, we learned and kept playing. When we played Seckman, I felt that it was just nerves getting to us.”
Head coach Steve Horn was pleased. “After our last game, we knew we had to play more aggressive on both offense and defense. The girls worked extremely hard in practice, and it showed on the court.” He added that getting that getting that first “W” was a relief. “It always feels good to get the first win under your belt. I hope the team can use this momentum as we head into our tournament this weekend. But tonight was truly a team effort. Every player on the court contributed in one way or another.”
Saturday at the tournament, the Jays played well in pool play. The team downed Hillsboro 25-22, 25-23, and then split with Northwest, 21-25, 26-24. By virtue of a 25-11, 25-18 victory over St. Vincent, the team advanced to the gold bracket play for the championship. Unfortunately, after defeating Perryville in the first set, 25-19, Jefferson dropped the final two sets to be eliminated from the tournament. “But we made great strides as a team,” noted Horn.
The Blue Jays play tonight at 5:30 at home against Kingston. Valle Catholic is also on the schedule for a Thursday match at home.