By Jana Rayburn
CHESTER – The 2018 Chester High School Lady Jacket volleyball team began two-a-day workouts last week. These workouts, along with the next few weeks, will be very important because the teams will learn to work together and form a cohesive bond.
Seniors Taylor Handley and Ashlyn Overstreet are excited about their last season of playing volleyball for CHS and work hard to be effective leaders and encouragers for the underclassmen.
The Lady Jackets played host to both San Augustine and Shelbyville on Friday afternoon for scrimmages. The Lady Jackets played well against both teams, even though there have only been two days of practice. The next day, they traveled to Warren to scrimmage against both the Lady Warriors and the Hull-Daisetta Lady Bobcats. Coach Megan Nichols was happy with how strong her team started out the season.
Nichols was really impressed with how well her teams played against both Hull-Daisetta and Warren, which are both bigger schools. She added, “We have a lot to learn still, but we are definitely on the right track.”
Jasmine Mitchell stepped up as a setter on Saturday and was a major key in the teams’ offense. Belle Gilzow led defensively with a few big blocks.
The Lady Jackets will have a busy week, with several games on the schedule. They play Newton at home on Friday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m.
The Lady Jackets travel to Kirbyville on Monday, Aug. 13 for a 4 p.m. game. The next day, they host Sabine Pass at 4 p.m.
The varsity team will compete in the Groveton volleyball tournament on Thursday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 18.