Tuesday was opening night for the University School of Jackson volleyball team in Division II-A West Region play.
The Lady Bruins continued its first-week dominance with a straight-set win over Fayette Academy 25-3, 25-2, 25-12 at USJ.
“I think this comes with playing together for so long,” USJ coach Kimberly McNeal said. “We have five seniors on the team.
“This is a good push for the girls to try and obtain the goal that we set out for ourselves.”
This win might have been easy for the Lady Bruins (2-0, 1-0), but the team knows all of the matches in the region will not be this easy.
The region has 13 teams with three teams having the ability to play with anyone in the state.
“We know in order to be where we want to be, we have to play with Harding Academy, ECS and St. George’s,” McNeal said. “Those teams have girls that are [NCAA] Division I players.
“We need our seniors to be aware of the net, constantly talking and pushing each other. Everyone has a role, and if we can do that, we can obtain the goal we set for ourselves.”
USJ had serving rallies of 20 points, 17 points and seven points in the first two sets to win easily.
“We all talked, hustled and worked together,” USJ senior Sara Glassman said. “We came right out and played like we needed to.”
Glassman finished with seven aces and 13 kills for USJ. Paige Sheffield, another USJ senior, had five kills and 22 assists.
“This was our first region match, so we were ready to play,” Sheffield said.
Sheffield led an attack that came at Fayette Academy from many different angles. Six USJ players had multiple kills on the night.
“I trust my hitters a lot,” Sheffield said. “I know what sets they want for them to kill it.”
The USJ defense was on top of its game also. The Lady Bruins allowed consecutive points three times from the Lady Vikings, and the Fayette Academy attack finished with a total of four kills off two assists.
The Lady Bruins are a perfect 6-for-6 in winning sets in the first two matches this season, but this is only the beginning. USJ plays First Assembly Christian School on Thursday in another region matchup and then will participate in the tough Collierville Classic this weekend.
“Our goal is to get to state this year and to win state,” Glassman said.
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