By Jeremy McDonald
MILL CITY, Ore.– Jefferson’s Nashea Wilson has already left her mark on the Lions Volleyball program entering her senior year, owning the single-season and career blocks records prior to their season-opener with Santiam Tuesday evening.
She joked that she likes breaking records, who doesn’t right? But as one of the leaders on the squad, Wilson knows they still have work to do as they swept the Wolverines.
“It’s been extremely important. I always want to influence others , especially since I consider myself a leader and I always want to help others to be the best person themselves as well,” Wilson said, who finished with four kills, 12 digs, two blocks and 13 assists.
Lilly Tegner led Jefferson with 10 kills and Liz McCall led the Lions with 14 digs as they took the first two sets, controlling the second set 25-14. Santiam however, settled in going into the third set. Jumping out to a 5-0 lead on Jefferson and kept pace with the Lions midway through the set leading 11-9.
The Wolverines return all but two from this past Spring’s squad, and facing the talent Jefferson has gives Santiam the experience needed following losing eight, five and two seniors the past three seasons.
“We need to communicate a lot more. We just need to talk and be a little more aggressive on the net. We need to hit,” Santiam’s Ellie Lindemann said of the experience. “We just got to communicate better and be more aggressive and be ready for those teams and come at them.”
The Wolverines travel to play East Linn Christian Wednesday as Jefferson pulled away in the third set to clinch their first win of the season. The Lions host Willamina Thursday before starting Central Valley Conference-play Tuesday at Monroe. Santiam opens up Tri-River Conference play Tuesday at Kennedy.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald