New-look Wolfpack producing early wins | Volleyball

By David Pan | Oct 05, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson’s Erin Ingram slams the ball against Lake Stevens.

After opening the season with a win and a loss, the Jackson volleyball team prevailed in four out of its next five matches to move into second place in the Wesco 4A.

The Timberwolves (5-2 in the league and overall) defeated Mount Vernon, Cascade, Kamiak and Mariner all by scores of 3-0. The only loss was to league leader Lake Stevens. ,

The graduation of several all-league players, including a setter, an outside hitter, a middle blocker and a defensive specialist, means some new players are taking on key roles.

“I do feel we’ve prepared well,” Jackson coach Mindy Staudinger said. “We have a lot of strengths we’re hoping to build upon from last season. The kids coming up are doing a really nice job.”

Junior Lydia Robison has been tapped as the new setter.

“You’re not going to find anyone who works harder,” Staudinger said of Robison. “She hustles. She’s also a great defender. At times, she takes balls that aren’t really hers. That’s definitely a strength to have her in the back defending.”

Staudinger also likes that she’s seeing more leadership from Robison on the court.

“She’s letting people know when she needs something,” Staudinger said.

Sophomore Brooklyn Coleman also could see time at setter.

The middle of the Jackson lineup should be strong with senior Ava Doney, sophomore Ainsley Johanson and sophomore Erin Ingram, who also swings on the outside.

“I told all the girls I want to see you battle every day at practice,” Staudinger said. “One of the keys to be very successful is going to be nailing down the serve/receive. When we do that, we do very well. I think we’re an even better defensive team.... I feel confident in our ability. We should compete well.”

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