With the start out of the 2021 fall semester, and as August arrives to a shut, that usually means that it is time for the Jamestown Local community Higher education volleyball workforce to get back on the courtroom.
The last time the staff took to court docket was in the seventh-put match at the 2019 NJCAA DIII Volleyball Championships towards Region 3 foe Jefferson CC. Although there are no returners from that crew, anticipations are high for the workforce that is preseason No. 5 in the place.
The Jayhawks begin the year out from stiff levels of competition, heading west to contend in the Owens Invitational on Labor Day weekend immediately after their house opener Tuesday towards Lakeland CC. At the Owens Invitational, JCC will deal with No. 8 Sandhills CC and No. 1 Owens CC on Sept. 4.
“We are not targeted where our opponent is ranked to start out the time,” reported head coach Ashley Lund. “I told them that this is a understanding encounter for them. This is a possibility for us to see some of the prime groups in the region early on and enable us prepare down the road when we may well face them in November.”
After a weekend of matches, the Jayhawks will return household the place they will participate in 3 of 4 matches at the Bodily Schooling Sophisticated ahead of playing 8 of their ultimate 11 matches on the road.
When requested about the schedule and possessing only a number of house matches, Lund claimed that she prefers to enjoy on the highway simply because they are there to contend and not get worried about the outdoors sound.
“When you are on the road, we can concentration on the undertaking at hand and not fear about if anyone is heading to exhibit up to look at us play. With our video games on the road, they are nevertheless fairly near for household associates to come out and enjoy us perform.”
Lund, getting into her 13th year at the helm, appreciates the problems forward for the youthful workforce, but that does not necessarily mean that expectations should transform for the reason that of the inexperience at the faculty stage.
However the workforce might be inexperienced on the court docket, they have a couple of members that went via coaching during the fall of 2020 below Lund that have stepped up through the preseason in outside the house hitter Emma McCarthy (Olean/Allegany-Limestone) and defensive specialist/outside the house hitter Breanna Gilbert-Hopkins (Falconer/Chautauqua Lake).
“I would characterize Emma and Breanna as peaceful leaders,” claimed Lund. “They know what to anticipate and are the initially to bounce in line for drills and present how it is meant to be finished. They recognize what is expected and they established the tone for the team.”
Nevertheless the roster may possibly be on the smaller aspect, Lund has verified that it doesn’t issue the dimensions of the staff, it just matters that they team operates together to get hold of the similar target. A ideal case in point is the 2017 season when the workforce went 31-2 on the calendar year with 7 players, capturing the first of three straight Location 3 championships and put seventh at nationals.
“We will engage in our fashion of volleyball no issue the selection of players we have,” Lund claimed. “I’m not going to have our crew not block at the internet in concern of another person heading down. It does not issue if we have 12 gamers or 6 gamers, we are going to give it all we received.”
Some players who have shown development and have truly stood out are setter Madison Johnson (Panama/Panama) and outdoors hitter Megan Cotter (Jamestown/Southwestern), but anyone on the team has Lund fired up for the time.
“A ton of our group is modifying to a incredibly distinctive fashion of play that what they ended up made use of to at the high college stage,” said Lund. “The workforce has genuinely embraced the obstacle and are growing into much more flexible gamers in seeking new positions that they are possibly unfamiliar with.”
The No. 5 Jayhawks’ remaining roster consists of proper aspect Rayenn Mehciz (Suriname/Mr. Dr. J.C. de Miranda Lyceum), defensive specialist/outside hitter Maggie McClellian (Olean, /Olean), and Claire Pumford (Jamestown/Jamestown).
Aug. 31 – Lakeland Group College, 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 College* at 11:45 a.m.
Sept. 9 – Niagara County Local community University 6 p.m.
Sept. 12 – SUNY Broome Local community School 1 p.m.
Sept. 14 – at Genesee Local community School 6 p.m.
Sept. 15 – Monroe Local community University 6 p.m.
Sept. 18 – at Corning Neighborhood College or university 12 p.m.
Sept. 21 – at Niagara County Neighborhood College or university 6 p.m.
Sept. 25 – at Cayuga Local community College 11 a.m.
Sept. 28 – Erie Neighborhood Faculty 6 p.m.
Sept. 29 – Lakeland Local community Higher education 6 p.m.
Oct. 5 – at Finger Lakes Community University 6 p.m.
Oct. 12 – at Erie Neighborhood Higher education 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 – at Monroe Group School 6 p.m.
Oct. 16 – at Tompkins Cortland Community University 1 p.m.
Oct. 19 – Genesee Neighborhood University 7 p.m.