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High School Volleyball: Jackson falls in C4D1 Championship

The Jackson volleyball team reached the Class 4 District 1 Championship for a second-straight season last week as the Indians hosted the tournament at the Event Center.

Jackson, the No. 1 seed, faced No. 2 seed and two-time defending champions Farmington in what would be the Indians final match of the season for the title. The Knights were able to defeat Jackson 2-0 (25-23, 25-17) to capture their third-straight district title.

Farmington outside hitter Jesse Miller recorded a game-high 10 kills as Jackson’s sophomore outside hitter Olivia Ward recorded seven throughout the match.

The first set included a total of six ties and five lead changes until Farmington jumped out to a 17-12 lead, thanks to a 5-0 run where Miller recorded three kills and two blocks.

The Indians were able to go on a 4-0 run soon after the five-point deficit to make it a one-point game at 19-18 where senior middle hitter Emily Scott recorded two of her six kills.

Both teams battled back in forth until it was a one-point game once again at 24-23 as a block from junior hitter Mackenzie Stoner followed by a kill from Ward gave Jackson hope. The Knights were able to prevail as outside hitter Jordyn Harris secured the final point with a kill for her team to take set one.

The beginning of the second set saw two ties and two lead changes until Farmington went on another marginal run, this time at 6-0 to take a 9-3 lead. Jackson trailed by as much as seven points throughout the final match as Miller ended the match with a kill.

Senior libero Hannah Wilson recorded a game-high 24 digs in her final match as an Indian while fellow senior setter Lainey Broussard added a team-high 24 assists and three aces. Sophomore hitter Hannah Shinn recorded a team tournament-high 20 kills while Ward paced her with 19.

Broussard and Wilson were both named first team all-district while Shinn was listed to the second team.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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