Volleyball Digs Goals to Defeat Covid for State Tournament

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Chelsea Hudson

Cassidy Crawford goes high above defenders for the point.

Austin Boone, Reporter

Finishing the season with a record of 9-7, the Lady Jackets felt hot going into their first playoff game this year. A blow out against Truman decided who would go to the playoffs. Volleyball season came to an end after a loss with their first set 21-25, the second 23-25, and the third 18-25- all close scores. 

Outside hitter, Payton Sisk, says, ¨ We were struggling to communicate in our final game against Fountain Lake, and we will need to work on that going forward.¨ Sisk also says ¨Another huge struggle for us was that COVID-19 limited how many people they could bring to the games, and I felt like it brought down the team’s confidence.¨

Though most of the Lady Jackets have played together since they were very young, communication, the key to success, always needs improvement. Setter Maggie Winders says,¨ As a team, I think we need to work on getting everyone in the same mindset. At our first game in the state tournament, I felt like we played very well, but everyone wasn’t on the same page. That’s just something that we need to work on.¨

With the pandemic looming over their heads, the team continues with a mindset of, ¨ we’re just happy we got to play.¨ Winders explains,¨ My favorite memory from the season is when we won our first round in the district tournament, which allowed us to go to state. Our goal this past season was to make it to the state tournament, so it was really exciting when we won the game to get us there.¨

Taking a break and working hard in the weight room during their off-season Head Coach Codie Lancaster says,¨ we’re all looking forward to working toward making it further in the state tournament next year.¨