The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams split a pair of games last week.
The Lady Tiger Sharks opened the week on the road against North Bay Haven Charter Academy out of Panama City.
The junior varsity played first and played hard, but North Bay Haven won the match in straight-sets, 17-25 and 18-25.
Ashely Kennedy, Halie Jasinski and Brooklynn Quinn were 100 percent from the serving line but team errors in passing were too much to overcome, said Coach Wayne Taylor.
The varsity team took the floor and pulled out a hard fought victory in three five sets, 18-25, 26-24, 25-14, 19-25, 15-12.
Junior Shannon Pridgeon led the team in kills with eight. Sophomore Callie Fleshren and junior Haley Wood led the team in serving with 100 percent and Stephanie Brinkmeier, a junior, led in service aces with nine.
Their season record now stands at 3-0.
The Port St Joe junior varsity had an impressive victory over Bay High two nights later. Port St Joe won the match in two sets, 25-13 and 25-12. Teiyahna Hutchinson led the team in attacks and kills with five kills for an 83 percent efficiency rating. Halie Jasinski led the team in service aces with eight and was 94 percent from the service line.
The junior varsity is now 2-1.
The varsity girls were not as fortunate, dropping their first match of the year.
“It was a hard fought match and could have gone either way,” Taylor said of the set scores 25-20, 10-25, 23-25, and 19-25.
Haley Wood was perfect from the serving line and Callie Fleshren led the team in kills six. The Lady Tiger Sharks struggled from the service line with only 82 percent accuracy.
“I thought the girls played hard and had a good match. We are working on a system one piece at a time. It’s starting to come together and this is a great group of girls,” Taylor said.
The Lady Tiger Sharks won at Wewahitchka on Monday, with the junior varsity winning in three sets and the varsity in four.
Celeste Chiles was 100 percent from the service line with three aces for the junior varsity while Hutchinson had six kills on eight attacks.
Wood was 100 percent from the service line with 12 serves, four for aces and had three kills for the varsity.
The Lady Tiger Sharks were led in kills by Pridgeon with nine on 32 attempts. Overall, the team had 31 kills on 136 attempts. Team serving percentage has improved to 89 percent.
“We have to get our serving percentage into the mid to upper 90 percent range,” Taylor said. “However, I am very pleased with the way we continue to scrap and pull out wins in the fourth and fifth sets. It says a lot about their determination and stamina.”
The varsity is 4-1, 1-0 in district play.
Tonight, Port St. Joe will be home Bozeman. JV starts at 6 p.m. and varsity follows at approximately 7 p.m. ET.