Jenks volleyball handles Bartlesville in season opener
Jenks volleyball wanted to start the season off strong and they did so with a straight-set sweep of Bartlesville.
The Lady Trojans took three sets 25-10, 25-16 and 25-10 and began the season on a high note. Jenks seemingly had everything go right for them in the match.
Jenks jumped out to a quick 12-2 lead over the Lady Bruins and it seemed as though they had set the tone. A quick three-point swing saw the momentum shift from one side of the court to the other. It looked as though Bartlesville was settling into a groove.
Though Jenks allowed their opponent to answer back, coach Tanna Smith was seen giving words of encouragement to her team. Smith shouted, “keep it up, you’re doing great,” to the six on the floor.
“Yeah, they got a couple of points, but the girls did a great job maintaining loose shoulders and just working better at focusing,” Smith said. “It just goes to show that the girls have been grinding in practice.”
The Lady Trojans quickly wiped away any momentum Bartlesville may have been building with two powerful digs, forcing a timeout.
Trouble arose again in the second set where the Lady Bruins came out with more confidence. Jenks struggled to battle back through the first half of the set, catching up and letting the lead slip away.
Smith’s words of encouragement returned and so did the Lady Trojan lead. Jenks trailed 15-13 at one point but won 25-16.
Bartlesville rolled out a new lineup in the second which threw Jenks off its game.
“They changed their lineup a little bit and went with some different setters,” Smith said. “They changed stuff up and that’s just something we need to take note on, when a team changes something, again, not letting that rattle our cage.”
Jenks’ resilience showed up on the stat sheet.
Mikiah Perdue stood out for the Lady Trojans, collecting four digs on six attempts. Perdue was a force on defense with two blocks.
Sydney Williams have five kills on nine attempts, Adison Morgan had eight kills on 13 attempts.
The stats showed how practice was paying off for Jenks.
“It just goes to show the drills we’ve been doing are helping,” Smith said. “Even the serve stats look really great. I didn’t expect that and it’s excellent to see their passing rating be that number. I was totally excited to see our out of system improvement in a match.”
Jenks will hold its home opener Aug. 20 against Owasso.