By SHELIA LANGBARTELS, O.D.
Jefferson’s volleyball team lost a home district match to Elysian Fields on Friday. The Lady Yellowjackets swept the match in 3 sets 17-25, 10-25, and 22-25.
Elysian Fields took an early lead, 6-9, before Celeberity Jeter-Coleman spiked for a Lady Dawg point. Mackenzie Jordan and Ar’Tazia Warren each blocked a shot, but EF took advantage of several Jefferson errors to increase their lead to 10-19. Elaina Langbartels added a kill, and Nia Garrett aced a serve, but Jefferson could not mount a comeback and dropped the set 17-25.
Tierrani Johnson started off the second set with a smashing hit to get the Lady Dawgs on the board. Jordan aced a serve and Langbartels pitched in another kill shot to bring the score to 3-4. Elysian Fields pulled ahead again, but Garrett had a great kill to tighten the game, 5-7. The Lady Yellowjackets increased their lead to 7-14, when Garrett killed another shot. Elysian Fields got on a roll in their next three services and put the set away, 10-25.
Madisyn Miller got the Lady Dawgs off to a great start in the third set with 3 service points in a row, including an ace. The Lady Yellowjackets tied the game, 3-3, before Garrett put Jefferson back in the lead, 4-3. Elysian Fields then pulled ahead, 7-8, but Langbartels served up an ace to tie the game. Jeter-Coleman killed a shot to put Jefferson into the lead, but EF pulled ahead again, 13-14. Miller served up some heat to tie the set once more. A kill by Langbartels and an ace by Warren kept Jefferson in the game against a determined EF team. Later in the set, with Elysian Fields up by 2 points, Jeter-Coleman blocked an EF hit and Jaden Carter smashed a shot over the net to tie the set at 20-20. However, Elysian Fields took the third set, 22-25.
Notable stats for the Lady Dawgs:
- Nia Garrett – 8 assists
- Elaina Langbartels – 6 kills
- Hannah Welch – 12 digs
- Tierrani Johnson – 8 digs
Jefferson will play their final home match of the season against Waskom on Tuesday, October 16. This will be Senior Night for the Lady Dawgs, so come out and celebrate their hard work. The Junior Varsity teams begin play at 4:30, and the Senior Night ceremony will precede the varsity game.
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