Perry volleyball was back on the road to take on ADM for the second time in the past several days. On Tuesday, Sept. 4 the Jayettes lost to the Tigers in three sets coming out with scores of 25-13, 25-7, and 25-14.
When asked how he felt about his team’s performance, Head Coach John Fulton says he already has a plan to improve the Jayette’s game.
“After that ( third set) I just kind of said (to the team) hey go out and play volleyball and stop kind of playing scared. We know we can play when we slow the game down a little bit,” Coach Fulton said. “Right now I think for a lot of our underclassmen that maybe the game feels a little fast to them so we just have to learn to take it one point at a time, slow everything down a little bit, and go back to the fundamentals and basics.”
A standout player for Tuesday’s match was senior Gabby West who led the team in kills racking up four before the night was over. Along with West, Quinn Whiton and Jasmine Shriver each contributed one kill, while Peyton Tunink came out with two.
“Gabby West did a great job in the middle. She’s the senior out there, she really knows what she’s doing,” Coach Fulton said. “She’s kind of like the calming influence so she did a great job out there.”
As most spectators know, the early stages of any volleyball season sees a lot of play and not as many opportunities to practice. Coach Fulton mentioned this when asked how this match compared to the previous ones.
“I think we are still just learning. I think that we play a lot of games early in the season. We’ve played 15 games already so I know what our record looks,” Coach Fulton said. “No, we have not won yet, but we’ve only played on four different dates, so really we have only played four nights and that’s what we’ve got to look at.”
As stated, the Perry Netters will host the Perry High School Volleyball tournament on Thursday, Sept. 6. Teams attending will be Carlisle, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Earlham, Ogden, and Panorama.
“We have 11 more dates that were going to play and we’re going to try and compete and go from there. I’ve been telling the girls that the next couple of weeks, after our tournament on Thursday, we play three games in three weeks, so we will finally have that opportunity to learn some things in practice,” said Coach Fulton. “There’s a lot of season left.”