Lady Jays conclude season, go 24-6-1

By Ashley Christian

The Rock Port Blue Jay Volleyball girls put up a strong fight from the start to the finish this season. Under the leadership of a new coaching duo, Thomas Herron and Kaitlea Hastert, the girls stayed true to the game they loved to play. Seven seniors triumphantly led the team to victory on the court. Starting the season off strong, they got second in the Fairfax tournament.
The volleyball girls won their first game of the season against West Nodaway in two sets, 25-6 and 25-9. This game set the tone for how the rest of the season would go. The Lady Jays stayed on top of their game by producing a ten-game winning streak at the beginning of the season. Failing to uphold this streak, they fell short of winning to Falls City Sacred Heart. They then bounced back to win the final three games of the regular season.
The regular season ended up being very successful for the Lady Jays, and they still managed to make fun memories in the process.
“My favorite memory was the second day of practice when everyone was asking who would win a fight, me or Abby? And so, we started fighting and Mr. Herron broke us up before we could finish. But everyone knows that I would win,” senior Jackie Bradley said.
After the regular season, the Lady Jays kept their stride and continued to conquer the volleyball floor through Districts. They won their first game of Districts against Nodaway Holt in two sets, 25-18 and 25-11.
With the crowd’s support, they defeated the East Atchison Wolves in two sets, 25-10 and 25-13. This victory concluded the tournament and sealed the title of 2016 Districts 16 Champions to the Rock Port Lady Jays.
The Lady Jays traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to play for Sectionals at Oak Park High School against Midway. Sadly, the girls lost in two sets, 11-25 and 16-25. This was not the way they wanted to end the season, but it was still an outstanding season overall. The 2016 Lady Jays tied the record with the 2007 team for the most wins in a single season with 24 victories.
“I think the volleyball season was so successful because, for one, you have seven seniors coming back to help lead the team. And, just a good dynamic amongst the players, just willing to work together and really have one mission and one focus for the season,” Coach Herron said.