The mighty Marshfield Volleyjays finished their season 5th in Class 4 District 5 after a tough match against Jefferson City (JC) Jays on 10/24. The Ladyjays unfortunately lost all three sets:17-25, 21-25, 12-25. However, the Jay ended the season 19-11-3, numbers Coach Jarod Olson shared they all should be proud of.
"Overall record for the season, we were 19-11. We played a good, tough competitive schedule."
Due to Marshfield being the largest school in the Big 8, Olson schedules a tough schedule for his players to make sure they are ready for districts. The players first round of districts proved Olson's method. The Volleyjays defeated the 19-12 Camdenton Lakers in all three sets. When the Ladyjays fell to JC in the next round of districts, it wasn't just goodbye to the season, but goodbye to four seniors.
"Just happy with our performance, happy with the growth that we showed this year as a team. All these girls played for us last year as well."
"Bailey Simmons was a three year starter for us. She had a very nice, high school career. This year she finished up with honorable mention all district and honorable mention all conference...helped us have a really nice productive year and outstanding athlete..."
"Riley Manary was a starter for us last year and this year. She came off the bench for us. Just been an awesome kid to coach, so coachable... She's definitely a team first type of kid; one of those important type of people that holds a team together."
"Peyton Byrd has been a two year varsity player for us... she was somebody who was coming off the bench for us. She was the ringleader of our bench and brought so much energy. You know, cheering for teammates, and she just brought the energy for every game."
"Shaycen or Shay King transferred here from the state of Wyoming... we gave her an opportunity and she proved to be just a really good athlete. Again, an awesome coachable kid and very bright kid. She was a backup player for us and got in a lot of key minutes for us, played a lot of key sets for us this year."
Although the loss of players can be challenging, Olson believes next season should be just as exciting.
"I'm just happy with with the way we came together as a team...We have high expectations for next year," Olson explained. "This is my fifth year as a head coach and these players have won over 110 matches in five years. We've had a really competitive group...we expect them to be the same way next year... Next year, it can be a special year for us."
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