Jackets suffer first losses, win tourney
It has been quite the week for the North Augusta High School varsity volleyball team.
The Jackets (8-5, 0-2 Region 5-AAAA) fell short in their region opener against Lexington on Tuesday and against White Knoll in a tough fought match on Thursday, according to head coach Lindsay Tucker. The team responded, however, to win the Silver Division at a tournament at Nation Ford.
Ndidi Okafor also made the All-Tournament Team.
“We had a slow start to the week against Lexington, but picked up our performance on Thursday against White Knoll,” Tucker said. “We have an extremely tough region and some key games this week against South Aiken and Aiken. We have learned that we need to work on how to finish a close game in our favor. We have lost too many close matches both last week and this weekend. That will be our focus this week.”
North Augusta will be at home against South Aiken in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday evening. The match against Aiken will be on the road on Thursday.
When asked about how her team responded to their first taste of region play, Tucker pointed out this isn’t exactly an unfamiliar position. The South Aiken game, in particular, will have an extra emphasis.
“The past couple of years, this has been exactly where we have been in the past at this point in the season,” she said. “We end up with a must win against South Aiken in order to still be in the running for playoffs. Of course it is still too early to count any team in or out for sure. But to help us toward a guarantee in, we have to beat South Aiken. The girls know that the playoffs are on the line, and I do think they will step up their game and respond accordingly.”
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.