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Volleyball: JCC beats WHS but has to fight


JACKSON — It looked as if the Jackson County Central Huskies would win their Southwest Conference volleyball match fairly easily Tuesday evening. Their serving was on, their defense was solid, and they were rolling over Worthington.

Then things changed.

“We were on a roll in the third game, and we just decided to stop playing,” Jackson County Central head coach Teresa VanEpps said. “We really struggled through that third game.”

JCC was led through the four games by its serving. Kenna Bannister was the team leader with four aces, and she was 14-15 from behind the line. Kaylee Burmiester was a stellar 27-27 from the line, with three ace serves.

Kathryn Nasby had 34 digs for the Huskies, followed by Rachel Johnson with 18. Sydney Nyborg led JCC with 18 kills, and Bannister had 16.

“Sydney Nyborg had a really nice match for us, it was nice to see her come in, not miss a beat, and shine on the outside,” VanEpps said.

For Worthington, Betsy Thompson was 14-16 serving with two aces, and Paige Kinley had one ace, and was a perfect 14 of 14.

Brooke Henning led the Trojans with 11 kills, and Henning also had 19 digs. Trojan setter Paige Gravenhof had 18 set assists.

“Worthington did a nice job of keying off of our middle hitters,” Van Epps said. “They stopped our middle attack.”

Set scores for Tuesday’s match were 25-12, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-17.

Worthington will play in the Subway Classic Tournament in Marshall on Saturday, and JCC will take on Martin County West on Monday.