August 2nd, 2018

Jaguars plan to play fast

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Jaguars plan to play fast
Mercy's Elena Scott, Emma Schurfranz, Jenna Laemmle, and Jayme Scott / photo by Conor Revell

Mercy’s volleyball team called last season state championship game loss very upsetting and one senior vowed to make a return trip this season.

“With this being my senior year it’s going to be hard to leave,” Emma Schurfranz said. “I love this program so much. I am ready to put forth all my effort because of the upsetting season ending loss to Assumption in the state championship game last year. We want to come back and get to that final spot again.”

The Jaguars will be loaded once more and are the heavy favorite to win a 21st straight Sixth Region championship.

“We’re kind of in the same position that we were in last year,” head coach Matt Thomerson said. “We don’t have a lot of size again so that means the speed of our offense has to be great. I guess our theme is to play at a very, very fast pace and be very organized and disciplined.”

While the Jaguars have a lot of returning parts, Neci Harris and Lauren Tharp are both gone due to graduation.

The Jaguars got their first big test Wednesday night in a scrimmage.

“I think our biggest preseason test was against Notre Dame,” Thomerson said. “Notre Dame is going to be a really solid team this year. Obviously we don’t keep score in those, but we got to see how we looked. I’m really happy with how disciplined we looked.”

Holy Cross and Butler will be the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the region, but neither will pose a serious threat to end Mercy’s run.

The Jaguars have a ton of talent at the net - seniors Jayme Scott and Schurfranz will lead the team in kills while sophomore setter Elena Scott has a year of varsity experience under her belt.

“I think what makes them great is the energy,” Thomerson said. “They’re two really great kids that are committed to the next level. They’re two great leaders. They’re strong kids. They were dominant hitters last year and they’ll be dominant hitters again.

Elena  Scott started as a freshman last year.

“I think it well help having Elena having one year of varsity experience,” Schurfranz said. “I know she’s still young and only a sophomore, but having that experience from last year will be huge.”

Elena and Jayme are cousins and that gives the Jaguars a unique sense of chemistry that a lot of teams don’t have.

“We’re like the same person, it’s always really fun,” Jayme Scott said. “It’s like playing with myself and I can always tell her what to do, what to run. I usually try not to boss her around, but she knows what to do.”

But, that’s not it, Elena also plays two vs. two sand volleyball with Eleanor Biven, who is Mercy’s starting  libero.

“It’s going to be sad when the end of the year comes,” Elena Scott said. “But we still have the year ahead to play together.”

Mercy’s season starts Aug. 9th when they host Male at 7 p.m.

“There are lots of things we need to improve at,” Thomerson said. “We need to work on our free ball passing. One of our goals this season is to get as many free balls over the net as we can. We got several over in a few hours last night.”

The players say communications is going to be key.

“We need to work on our communication,” Jayme Scott said. “We have to figure out how to work as one unit.”

But despite on the floor communication issues, the team gets along.

“Ths team is like last year, they’re a lot of fun,” Thomerson said. “They work really well together, sometimes you have girls that have conflict with each other. We don’t have to worry about that. There’s very few teams like that. If they do have issues, we don’t know about it.”



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