It was a tough road trip to say the least for Perry’s volleyball team who left Adel-DeSoto-Minburn with one win in five games.
At the A-D-M Invite on Thursday, the Jayettes (2-11) struggled to put up some wins including a 2-0 loss to the hosts, the A-D-M Tigers (7-3), which ultimately culminated in three more losses.
“We actually competed well in the first two games before A-D-M and just had some untimely missed serves against Knoxville in the second and third sets which can’t happen, especially in that third set to 15,” Jayette head coach John Fulton said.
In that match against the Knoxville Panthers (3-9) the Jayettes managed to take the first set 21-12 only to see their possible match victory disappear after dropping the next two.
The Nevada Cubs (5-4) and Woodward-Granger Hawks’ (8-4) games mirrored that of the contest versus the host as both teams held the Jayettes from even smelling a win.
It was a 21-14 and 21-15 defeat against the Cubs while the Hawks also dominated the net with wins of 21-11 and 21-14.
Perry’s lone win of the invite came against the Warriors of Norwalk (6-8) who’s little ray of hope was dashed after the Jayettes held strong to steal the win.
In their first set the Jayettes and Warriors donned their battle gear as they were locked in a test of wills where the former prevailed with a 23-21 win.
The Warriors fought back valiantly in the second set with a convincing 21-11 victory, which sent the game to the third and decisive set.
Once again the two teams relentlessly fought off defeat with the Jayettes finally gaining the upper hand and outscoring their foe by three points in a 15-12 match.
“I am very happy with our girls coming back though the next game against Norwalk after they could’ve checked out,” Fulton said. “They started to believe a bit and play with some emotion and energy. Now we know what it is going to take from here on out.
In their only win, the Jayettes tallied 19 kills (5 - Johanna Diw), 50 attacks (23- Diw), 15 assists (13 - Sidney Vancil), 30 digs (13 - Sydney Guerra), seven aces (2- Diw), three blocks and a .841 serve efficiency.
This coming Tuesday, Sept. 5, it’s the Jayettes turn to host as they look to exact their revenge against the Tigers in a Raccoon River Conference match.
“Our outside hitters (Diw and Isabel Saemisch) played well for us last night and everyone else did a great job in their roles,” the head coach said. “I am excited to see what we can do now that we are finally getting back to full strength health-wise.”