Jackets rolling in early going
The North Augusta High School volleyball team couldn’t have asked for a better start.
The Jackets (4-0) have started the year unblemished. The team’s perfect record comes after a strong showing in the Lakeside and Fox Creek tri-match. There North Augusta beat Lakeside 25-17, 25-19 and Fox Creek 25-16, 25-15.
The team has yet to play at home, with the first match coming in a game that was to have happened against Grovetown on Tuesday evening. After that, the team will again be in action at home against Greenbrier on Thursday night and against Lexington next Tuesday. This week’s matchups are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and the game against Lexington is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“Traveling can be difficult with an unfamiliar gym,” head coach Lindsay Tucker said. “Obviously the court size, height of net, etcetera has to be the same. But the space outside of the court can be different, for example the area behind the court that the girls have to serve. Sometimes, like this past week when we played in Georgia, the space to serve is much shorter than at our home gym. Also, the fans are behind the players instead of to the side. All of this make a difference and can sometimes be difficult to adjust to. I think my players did a really good job of it though.”
Tucker said the team is still working on its chemistry, and by the time that Lexington rolls around, in the first region matchup, she believes that they will have it down.
Preparing for that region, which includes a number of powerhouses, it is important for the Jackets to gain confidence.
“We have an extremely tough region,” Tucker said. “We tend to play tougher teams once region play begins, however, it is still important for us to have non-region match-ups to work out some of the kinks and to get prepared for our region matches.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.