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Well, at least everyone got home early.
That’s because the Jefferson Forest volleyball squad made quick work of Staunton River.
The homestanding Lady Cavs swept the Golden Eagles on Thursday night: 25-9, 25-14, 25-18.
It was all over by 8 p.m., giving fans the chance to swing on down to the football field to catch the JV game.
The JF win was powered by its usual, balanced game.
Featuring players who, seemingly, have been with the program forever, the Lady Cavs came at River in full-throttle mode.
The JF netters mauled 30 kills, including eight by Brittany McCormick and seven by Jordan Hawkins.
Randi Stanley had five kills, while Lindsey Smith added four.
Smith led the way with digs, piling up 12 for the evening. Megan Prothero, another long-time stalwart for JF, came up with ten digs.
Erin McIntyre played the role of Santa, dishing up 18 assists during the first two games, alone.
In the third game, Kira Rider stepped into the role nicely, setting up her mates for six smashes along the way.
Here is what is dangerous about Jefferson Forest. It has 12 good players on its roster.
Its second unit is as good as many schools’ first teams. When the team has intrasquad scrimmages, the starters are facing some serious pressure and some serious talent.
“The light bulbs are clicking for a lot of our players,” said JF Head Coach Steve Mills. “I’m really proud of what they’re doing.”
One thing that the Lady Cavs are doing is the jump serve, something that is mandatory on this team. “It gives you a different mind-set,” stated Mills.
Meanwhile, Staunton River seemed shell-shocked by the Lady Cavs.
“(JF) is the team to beat in the Seminole,” said River Head Coach Rich Northrup.
Fortunately for his charges, this was the sole meeting between the teams, since River is now in the Blue Ridge District.
The Golden Eagles did little to help their own cause. In fact, the team registered only two setter-assisted kills for the entire evening. They had but three other kills.
“If we’re not putting it right, we won’t get the kills,” rued Northrup.
In a match that offered little to be cheery about, there were a few bright spots for the Eagles. Paige McPeak had seven digs and four aces. Bre Holdren added nine digs, and Abby Moran had four blocks and an equal number of aces.
The Seminole season kicks off tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 9). Both of the local teams will be in action, as JF hosts EC Glass and Liberty entertains Amherst.
While JF is clearly the favorite to take the Seminole crown, that is not a sure thing, by any means.
That’s because the district seems to have some very good teams in it.
Our guess is that Glass (as usual) and Heritage (new!) should be given the same respect as JF.
Rustburg returns last season’s Seminole Player of the Year in Michelle Heath, so you’ll have to watch out for the Red Devils.
Liberty, Brookville and Amherst should all make some noise, as well.
The Blue Ridge fray doesn’t get started for a couple of weeks. So, Staunton River will have to content itself with some non-district fun and games.
Of particular note is the SRHS Tournament this Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.
That tourney will feature Halifax, Heritage and Altavista. River will play the Halifaxians in the first round, following the Heritage-Altavista opener.