Jayette netters learn to trust the process while improving skill set

Libbie Randall - Sports
With a very young team, the Jayettes rely on underclassmen to fill various positions. PHOTO BY LIBBIE RANDAL/THE PERRY CHIEF

Going into his second year as the Jayettes volleyball head coach, John Fulton not only brings the lessons he learned working under former head coach Kristel Kautzky-Schultz, but also one year of experience with this team to carry on into this season.

After coming out of last season with an overall record of 7-26-0 Coach Fulton says his main goal for this particular team is for them to learn together.

“With the inexperience and with the super young roster, we (the assistant coaches and I) want to kind of even out that roller coaster,” Coach Fulton said. “There’s going to be some great athletic plays and there are going to be some young inexperienced plays so our goal this year is to just even out that roller coaster by the end of the year and get us playing consistent volleyball.”

With that effort, the Jayettes focus heavily on what each player’s individual role is on the team. Assistant Coach Paige Wilken says the key to letting the athletes know how to properly execute their role is through communication.

“Even if they (the players) aren’t on the court, we still want them communicating whether they’re at practice or on the bench,” Wilken said.

Coach Fulton also talked about the book study he and Coach Wilken conduct with the team. Reading pieces such as Chop Wood, Carry Water is a way for the Jayettes to remind themselves to trust the process.

When it comes to the senior class portion of this team, the numbers are low, but they will help in evening out that divvy of plays and inexperience that Coach Fulton predicted. Gabby West, Stephanie Garcia, and Mackenzie Ayers are the three senior leaders that will see a lot of the court this year.

Coach Fulton also stressed his reliance on the freshman and sophomore outside hitters. One of these outside hitters in moving into this position as a former defensive specialist, while another Jayette is coming into this position as a freshman with very little varsity experience.

Perry volleyball lost about 90% of their offense coming into this year, but Coach Fulton says trust among the team and between each other is a huge factor that will define this season.

“We’re going to have to get better in practice and in games and that’s a process,” Coach Fulton said. “We may not win as many games as we would like to, but to trust that we are going to get there, that’s what we have been stressing to the girls and something we really want to work on.”

Schedule:

Away - 08/30/2018 - VS. ADM, Adel, Woodward-Granger, Gilbert, Norwalk, and Nevada

Home - 09/06/2018 - Panorama, Ogden, Earlham, Carlisle, and Coon Rapids-Bayard

Home - 09/11/2018 - VS. Ballard

Away - 09/18/2018 - VS. Bondurant-Farrar

Away - 09/24/2018 - VS. Saydel

Home - 09/25/2018 - VS. Carroll

Away - 10/02/2018 - VS. Winterset

Home - 10/04/2018 - VS. Saydel, Roland-Story, and Des Moines, Hoover

Home 10/11/2018 - VS. Carlisle

Away - 10/13/2018 - VS. Knoxville