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Jags volleyball team holds senior night game at final home game of season


Katlyn Ewens

ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School girls volleyball team (10-19) fell to Sunnyslope High School (30-6), 3-1, during its final home game at Boulder Creek on Oct. 27.

Sunnyslope is currently No. 4 in the state compared to the No. 53 rank that Boulder Creek holds. So, the majority of fans in the crowd were not expecting the Jaguars to walk away with a win, and they didn’t.

Despite the loss, this was a special night for the Jaguars as it was their senior night.

For the five seniors, Tuesday was their last game in the Boulder Creek gymnasium. Although they said they wished it had ended differently, they gave it their all.

Jaguar volleyball has been a crucial part of outside hitter Amanda Maxwell’s high school experience. She has played all four years.

“I am going to miss the friendships and being able to spend time with my friends everyday while doing the sport that I love,” Maxwell said.

She had a strong last home outing. With her numerous back-to-back kills, the Jaguars took the lead throughout the first set.  The Vikings secured the win though with their 7-point run that led to a 25-18 victory.

Boulder Creek may not have received as much attention statewide as Sunnyslope this season, but senior outside hitter Courtney Jones sure did. This season she was named to the Arizona volleyball all-state first team, the only player from Boulder Creek.

“It was a lot of hard work to make that accomplishment,” Jones said. “It felt really great when I got it in the mail.”

Jones was dominant in the second set. Her serves helped the Jaguars go on a four-point run and eventually tie it up, 22-22. But, just like the first set, the Vikings pushed ahead for the 25-22 win.

This season isn’t the end for senior outside hitter Rachel Kjolberg, who will be attending California State University Monterey Bay in the fall on a volleyball scholarship.

Kjolberg said she will miss the girls and “how competitive they are in the gym” but she is looking forward playing collegiately at a “faster pace.”

Boulder Creek started off the third set with a strong lead mainly because of Kjolberg’s serving. With her numerous aces, the Jaguars went on 9-point run which was clearly motivation for the other girls on the court. They ran away with the lead and ended up forcing a fourth set with their 25-11 victory.

Sometimes the majority of the attention in volleyball is on the outside hitters, and that was certainly the case Tuesday night. The only two seniors who are not outside hitters, middle blocker Ashlay Leger and libero Destinee’ Wolf, did not have standout performances compared to the outside hitters, but will miss the team just as much.

“I love coming into the practice room every day and I am friends with a lot of the girls outside of school,” Leger said. “It’s a really good community and it [the team] is a really fun place to be.”

The Vikings ended up winning the fourth set, 25-12, which gave them the 3-1 win. This was not the outcome the Jags seniors wanted for their last home high school volleyball game, but said they are anxious to see what the future holds.