Lady Jayhawks split league matches, look toward substate

Jayhawk senior Jayden Willard keeps the ball in play during a game earlier this season. The team completed their regular season last week.(Photo by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)

The Jayhawk volleyball team finished league play last week with a split in matches against two league opponents. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the team traveled to Uniontown to play their team and Oswego.

The first match was with Oswego, and the Jayhawks won straight sets, 25-15 and 25-17, to win the match.

“We played pretty well, and it was fun to see our girls work together,” coach Christa Holt said. “We were energized and loud and having fun.”

The team had 14 kills in that match with Savannah Moeller with five, Marissa Baldwin with four, Rosie Seagren with three and Anna Schneider notching two. Rylee Spencer had five aces in the match.

In the second match again Uniontown, the Lady Jayhawks got down early in the first set and had trouble climbing out of the hole. Still, they managed to keep it close but lost 25-18.

The second set was all Jayhawk’s though, winning the second set, 25-10. “We came back with a vengeance,” Holt said.

But the girls struggled early in the deciding set and were forced to play catch-up for the remainder of play. They came close, though, losing 25-23.

Baldwin had seven kills and 17 digs in that set. Seagren had four kills and 10 digs, Schneider had three kills, Spencer had four aces and 12 assists, Jadyn Marrs had 10 kills and two aces, Callie Holt had nine digs and three aces.

On Thursday the Lady Jayhawks faced Osawatomie in non-league play and lost the dual in three sets 25-16, 25-17, 26-24.

“In a dual we play the best three out of five games, and we were really trying to force that fourth game, but couldn’t finish on top the third game of the match,” said Holt.

Baldwin had four kills and 19 digs in the dual. Schneider had five kills, Moeller had four kills and three solo blocks, and Spencer had four aces and 16 digs.

“Our younger girls are really beginning to step up and see some playing time and it’s nice to see them filling rolls when we need them,” Holt said.

On Saturday the team traveled to St. Mary’s-Colgan in Pittsburg for a six match tournament after what Holt called “a long and tiring Homecoming week.” That tournament ended the regular season for the Jayhawks without a win.

Substate play begins next Saturday, Oct. 23, at St. Mary’s-Colgan.

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