With the commence of the 2021 drop semester, and as August comes to a shut, that means that it is time for the Jamestown Group Faculty volleyball team to get again on the court.
The past time the group took to courtroom was in the seventh-position match at the 2019 NJCAA DIII Volleyball Championships against Location 3 foe Jefferson CC. Nevertheless there are no returners from that group, anticipations are large for the crew that is preseason No. 5 in the place.
The Jayhawks begin the time out versus rigid competitors, heading west to compete in the Owens Invitational on Labor Day weekend after their household opener Tuesday from Lakeland CC. At the Owens Invitational, JCC will facial area No. 8 Sandhills CC and No. 1 Owens CC on Sept. 4.
“We are not targeted in which our opponent is rated to start off the time,” stated head mentor Ashley Lund. “I told them that this is a learning practical experience for them. This is a possibility for us to see some of the major groups in the state early on and help us put together down the highway when we may face them in November.”
Immediately after a weekend of matches, the Jayhawks will return property wherever they will enjoy 3 of 4 matches at the Physical Education Sophisticated ahead of taking part in 8 of their final 11 matches on the street.
When questioned about the timetable and getting only a handful of residence matches, Lund claimed that she prefers to enjoy on the street because they are there to compete and not worry about the exterior sounds.
“When you are on the street, we can concentrate on the task at hand and not be concerned about if someone is going to clearly show up to look at us play. With our games on the highway, they are nonetheless fairly near for spouse and children customers to appear out and observe us perform.”
Lund, getting into her 13th period at the helm, understands the problems in advance for the younger workforce, but that does not mean that expectations ought to improve for the reason that of the inexperience at the college or university degree.
Though the team might be inexperienced on the court docket, they have a several customers that went by means of teaching all through the tumble of 2020 below Lund that have stepped up for the duration of the preseason in exterior hitter Emma McCarthy (Olean/Allegany-Limestone) and defensive specialist/outside hitter Breanna Gilbert-Hopkins (Falconer/Chautauqua Lake).
“I would characterize Emma and Breanna as quiet leaders,” said Lund. “They know what to count on and are the initially to leap in line for drills and demonstrate how it is intended to be accomplished. They comprehend what is predicted and they set the tone for the group.”
However the roster may possibly be on the modest facet, Lund has tested that it does not make a difference the dimensions of the workforce, it just matters that they staff performs alongside one another to get the exact same objective. A best illustration is the 2017 season when the crew went 31-2 on the yr with seven gamers, capturing the very first of a few straight Region 3 championships and put seventh at nationals.
“We will play our style of volleyball no issue the selection of gamers we have,” Lund said. “I’m not heading to have our group not block at the net in anxiety of another person going down. It doesn’t issue if we have 12 players or 6 players, we are likely to give it all we acquired.”
Some players who have demonstrated progress and have really stood out are setter Madison Johnson (Panama/Panama) and outside hitter Megan Cotter (Jamestown/Southwestern), but every person on the group has Lund enthusiastic for the year.
“A whole lot of our team is changing to a quite diverse style of enjoy that what they were being used to at the higher college level,” mentioned Lund. “The staff has truly embraced the challenge and are escalating into much more functional players in attempting new positions that they are possibly unfamiliar with.”
The No. 5 Jayhawks’ remaining roster incorporates suitable facet Rayenn Mehciz (Suriname/Mr. Dr. J.C. de Miranda Lyceum), defensive professional/outdoors hitter Maggie McClellian (Olean, /Olean), and Claire Pumford (Jamestown/Jamestown).
Aug. 31 – Lakeland Group Higher education, 6 p.m.
Sept. 3 – School of DuPage* at 11 a.m.
Sept. 3 – Terra State* at 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 – No. 8 Sandhills Group School* at 10 a.m.
Sept. 4 – at No. 1 Owens Community University* at 11:45 a.m.
Sept. 9 – Niagara County Group College or university 6 p.m.
Sept. 12 – SUNY Broome Group Higher education 1 p.m.
Sept. 14 – at Genesee Neighborhood College or university 6 p.m.
Sept. 15 – Monroe Group College or university 6 p.m.
Sept. 18 – at Corning Group University 12 p.m.
Sept. 21 – at Niagara County Neighborhood College 6 p.m.
Sept. 25 – at Cayuga Community School 11 a.m.
Sept. 28 – Erie Community College 6 p.m.
Sept. 29 – Lakeland Group School 6 p.m.
Oct. 5 – at Finger Lakes Local community College 6 p.m.
Oct. 12 – at Erie Group College or university 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 – at Monroe Community School 6 p.m.
Oct. 16 – at Tompkins Cortland Community School 1 p.m.
Oct. 19 – Genesee Community Faculty 7 p.m.