Pressure Situations 07 Sep 11

HENDERSON – One of the big things that Jordan head volleyball coach Jason Geisel wanted to get his team ready for this season was high pressure situations late in a match and three games in he has gotten all the pressure situations he wanted and probably more. Sadly, Jordan volleyball is now 0-3 on the season after falling last night to #4AA LeSueur-Henderson 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 29-27.

Things started off well for Jordan in a close game one after battling back from an early 9-6 deficit with a 4-1 run to tie the game 10-10. The game would stay tight side-out volleyball until a late 4-0 run by Jordan to put them up 22-17 before taking the first game 25-22. Jordan was able to highlight their multiple attacks from Kelsey Chambers, Megan Johnson, Rachel Fruend from the outside and Lexie Erickson and Paige Smith.

Game two would have a big injury for LeSueur-Henderson as junior middle hitter Gabby Thomas would go down after what seemed to be a bump at the net between her and Jordan’s Rachel Fruend when they both went up for a jump ball at the net after a bad pass. Thomas would have to be helped off the floor by teammates and would spend the next game with ice on her ankle. That wasn’t the only bad news for LSH in the game as Jordan would get out to a 11-6 lead, but the Giants would answer with a 8-1 run thanks to big service set from Ali Plieseis to take a 14-12 lead. The score would stay close until a late 3-0 run by LeSueur-Henderson to make the score 24-20 before wrapping up game two and tying the match at one game a piece.

Game three would be fairly uneventful after LeSueur-Henderson would have two 4-0 runs in the game to lead 18-13 before cruising to a 25-19 win. The Giants were able to get their offense rolling with Jess Thelemann and also Gretta Schultz in the third game after having trouble getting going in the first two games thanks to the blocking from Jordan’s Megan Johnson and Lexie Erickson.

The final game was one that brought the Giants and Jaguars fans to their feet with a spectacular finish. It didn’t look like we were in store for a great finish after Jordan jumped out to a 11-4 lead and many minds started to think about Game 5. After a mini-run by LSH to make the score 14-11 Jordan would respond with a big 4-0 run to take a 18-11 lead which forced LSH coach Dave Nixon to take his final timeout. Jordan would have at 23-18 lead, but then the Giants would bring the crowd to their feet with a 6-0 run on the serve of Ali Plieseis to take a 24-23 lead. Then the back-and-forth would start for both teams. Jordan would tie it at 24 and again at 25 after a service error by Gretta Schultz and have a chance to win at 26-25, but the Giants would come back to take the lead thanks to kills from Jess Thelemann and Gretta Schultz to finally put the game away 29-27 to start the celebration in Henderson.

Another tough loss in a pressure situation for Jordan in the early season as they drop to 0-3 on the season and will start MRC season at home against Norwood Young America on Thursday. LeSueur-Henderson improves to 2-1 on the season and will host Montgomery-Lonsdale on Thursday to start MRC action.