By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– With the jamboree, comes the first competition of the 2017 campaign for the Volleyball season.
For Regis, who played Delphian, Perrydale, St. Paul and Kennedy Thursday at Western Mennonite, the opportunity to gel together as a unit.
“I think it was actually really enjoyable and it was really fun because we were able to bond as a team and I felt like we really worked hard to gel togehter,” said junior Holly Blish on the opportunity to gel together as a team.
For the Lady Loggers of Scio, who played against teams like Western Mennoite, and Horizon Christian, it gave the team an opportunity to find their groove in terms of energy before heading to Dayton Saturday to ‘officially’ kick off the season.
“I think we did great, the second game we definitely needed more energy, when we have a lot of energy, we definitely play a lot better because we’re having fun just playing at our own level,” said the Loggers Daija Smith.
In their final game of the jamboree, against East Linn Christian, you saw what this team was capable of doing when their energy is up and they are feeding off of each other and playing loose and having fun.
They took the jamboree set in style to end it on a high note after having two tough games prior.
“It’s definitely a lot of fun,” smiled Smith. “You don’t really think, you just kind of do everything because, I don’t know, the love of the sport and all that kind of stuff and having fun kicks up your level of play.”
Scio’s Head Coach Kate Trimble enjoyed that finish to the jamboree and seeing the girls respond as they did to finish it off strong.
“I think it was really impressive that they came back after two really bad beats and pick up the energy,” said Trimble on the finish. “The energy obviously showed, their skills showed, they were happy, they were more excited for the next ball. I think it was partially because it was East Linn, it’s kind of a little bit of a rivalry for those girls, so it was nice. It was good.”
For the Rams, they faced two of the toughest teams in 2A and both are from their own conference of the Tri-River Conference in St. Paul and Kennedy, and the early season look served them well as they battled back against the Lady Trojans to end the jamboree.
“It was good, it was tough but I think we pushed through,” said “Playing tough teams like them, it makes us better as a team, as a whole. So I was excited about that, today was a learning day and I think we did very good.”
Regis Head Coach Julie Summers adds that it’s a good confidence booster for the team as they now prepare themselves for Nestucca next Thursday at home, now it’s just a matter of finishing it off and limit the damage from the other end.
“It’s good, it builds confidence for our girls and it let’s them know that they can compete with these girls, that they are good enough to compete with them,” said Summers. “So we just have to learn to finish those points…it’s always a good confidence booster when we win rallies against those tougher teams.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald