Jayette netters prove ability at home tournament

Libbie Randall - Sports

Anyone passing by the Perry High School gymnasium on the night of Thursday, Sept. 6 could hear the loud cheers of Jayettes fans as the netters hosted their annual volleyball tournament. Almost halfway through the season and improving in skills every week, Perry Volleyball saw close scores in all five of their matches. The tournament ended with one win from Perry and four loses.

Quin Whiton said she feels secure about her team’s performance as well as her own, but knows there is more to improve upon.

“I thought I played my best in certain situations,” Whiton said. “And as a whole team we played smart in certain situations.”

To start off the long evening of competition, the Jayettes faced off with Panorama and lost in two sets, 21-12 and 21-16. The team only went up from there as far as margin scores. Spectators then witnessed Perry take on Ogden in two sets that ended in a huge win for the Jayettes, 21-15 and 24-22. Keeping that momentum going into their next match against Earlham, the Jayettes fought hard, extending this competition into three sets. Unfortunately Perry fell short after winning the first set 21-17, losing the second 21-16, and losing the third 15-11.

Feelings of exhaustion aside, the young team kept pushing into their second-to-last match of the evening against Coon Rapids-Bayard. The Crusaders won, but not without a hard fight from the Jayettes ending with two sets 21-17 and 21-16. For the final match of the night Perry welcomed Carlisle to their home court in a two set match that both ended in Carlisle’s favor. The first set ended with a score of 21-19 and the second was not as close with a score of 21-11.

Halfway through the first set versus Carlisle, one of the key players of the tournament, Magley Orellana made a dive that ended in a seemingly painful neck injury. In what seemed like a last-minute decision, Head Coach John Fulton had Orellana switch jerseys with Jasmin Olmos in order to replace the team’s libero. When asked about the incident that inevitably benched Orellana for the remainder of the night, Quinn Whiton said it was a bit differnet.

“That (Orellana) is our only libero, she is the only one who knows her position,” said Whiton. “So it was kind of hard for Jasmin to come in and play that position that she’s never played, but we all dealt with it pretty well.”

Many of her teammates were very supportive of Olmos’ ability to adjust so quickly to that position, including Kacy Nevitt.

“When Jasmin came in, she worked pretty hard considering she didn’t know how to play that position,” Nevitt said. “She tried her best and I think she did pretty good.”

The Jayettes now enter into a slower portion of the season as the next match will not take place until Tuesday, Sept. 11. Perry will stay at home to take on Ballard beginning at 7 p.m.