Volleyball builds on unforgettable yearBy Micah Knebel
Going into the new year, the Jesup volleyball team knew it was going to be a season unlike any other. Head coach Eryca Bass said her team made the most of each day.
“Our main goal was to take everything day by day, putting forth our best effort at practice and games and having fun,” the coach said. “We were ranked at many points this season, and we played so many teams from our conference that were also ranked.”
The team won at least one game each match in each of their conference games. On Oct. 6, the #12 J-Hawks defeated the #15 Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons in a three-game sweep.
Other big moments for the team were finishing in the top two in every one of their tournaments and winning their two out-of-conference triangulars. The team was also able to play a number of home games this season.
“Our athletes worked so hard every single day and did a wonderful job at reaching their season goals,” Bass said.
The team had two athletes earn Second Team All-Conference awards: junior Bobbi Thomas and sophomore Caelor Wymore. Thomas was #14 in kills for the conference. This season, Thomas surpassed over 500 kills in her career. She was also #22 in digs in the conference. Thomas was part of a six-person rotation and landed 226 this first year.
Wymore was also named to the 2A Northeast All-District team.
Wymore finished first in the conference for digs with a total of 388. Wymore is in step to take on the school record of 885, currently held by Riley Mihm. As a sophomore, Wymore currently totals 641 career digs.
Many athletes were also recognized as All Conference All Academic. Coach Bass pointed out that the entire team averaged a GPA of 3.352. All Academic awards go to junior and seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.33 and letter in a sport.
Senior Alexis Harris was recognized as All Conference Honorable Mention.
All Conference All Academic awards went to Jamie Thoma, Kalista Schutte, Alexis Harris, Bella Kresser, Kendra McCombs, Bobbi Thomas, Leah Becker, and Jacie Lange.
The team loses five senior players: Alexis Harris, Jamie Thoma, Bella Kresser, Kalista Schutte, and Kendra McCombs.
Harris finished her career with 1,617 assists. She was in the top ten for assists in the conference and was third in setter digs.
Thoma finished her career with 161 kills and 92 blocks. “She was a solid asset to our team and a force in the middle,” Bass said.
Kresser was a first-year starter and finished her career with 66 kills and 44 blocks. Bass said she saw Kresser develop into a great volleyball player and proved to be a huge asset defensively.
Schutte was also a first-year starter this season. She finished her career with 101 digs. “(She’s) a go-getter and always willing to take direction,” the coach said.
McCombs was a three-year starter that Bass said proved to be a great leader for the team and brought a lot of knowledge to the game. McCombs finished her career with 347 kills, 46 blocks, and 188 digs.
The team also loses senior Sarah Burke who served as a manager for the team. “She did a wonderful job at taking care of the team,” Bass praised.
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