Lady Jacks regrouping after one tough week

RICHARD NELSON

editor@dibollfreepress.com

It was a roller coaster week for the Diboll Lady Jack volleyball team Aug. 27-Sept. 3.

The Lady Jacks began the week setting records in a five-game barnburner against Class 4A New Caney. Each game was close, with Diboll losing 21-25, 25-20, 26-24, 20-25, 14-16.

Lexxus Hamilton set the school record for kills in a match with 29 and added 18 digs. Kyla Cunningham tied the school record for blocks in a match with 12 and had 15 digs.

Chassidy Adams’ work as setter helped those totals. She recorded 25 assists, and also added 19 digs, 3 aces and 3 blocks. Destiny Oliphant also had a great night on the back row with 17 digs, and Kameri Mott added 17 digs to go with her 3 kills. Shayla Hubbard had 18 assists and 9 digs, while Mia Williams had 16 digs and 3 kills.

As a team, the Lady Jacks recorded 49 kills and 118 digs.

“These girls were getting everything off the floor and nothing was hitting the ground,” said Ron Holton, Lady Jack volleyball coach.

But then the Lady Jacks traveled to Fairfield and lost in 3 games, 10-25, 16-25, 13-25. The Lady Jacks were without three of their top players.

They also dropped five matches in the tournament that bookended the Fairfield match.

The Lady Jack varsity is now composed of two seniors (Shonna Clay and Lexxus Hamilton); one junior (Kyla Cunningham); four sophomores (Shayla Hubbard, Tiffany Simmons, Kameri Mott and Destiny Oliphant); and two freshmen (Mia Williams and Mya Ward).

“As you can see we are a very young team,” Holton said. “This is a rebuilding year for the volleyball program after graduating eight seniors last year. The younger girls have been asked to step up into a varsity position and learn on the go. But, this is the future of the Lady Jacks volleyball program and the more they play now, the better they will be in the future.”

The Lady Jacks bounced back Tuesday with a 5-game match win over Woodville, 25-16, 14-25, 25-23, 11-25, 15-13.

Mott, Williams and Hubbard each recorded 3 aces; Mott and Hamilton had 7 kills each, with Williams adding another 5. Cunningham recorded 10 blocks and Simmons helped with 14 assists.

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Photo by Richard Nelson
Senior Shona Clay, left, and freshman Mia Williams go up for a block against Fairfield during Friday’s loss.

“We are finally getting people settled in where they need to be and should make some noise come district time on September 20th,” Holton said. “I look forward to a bright future with these girls.”