A Slammin’ Season

Ella Jane Simmons and Nelson Thomas

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The Lady Raiders are on a quest for an incredible 5th straight state volleyball championship. This is no easy task for the the Raiders as they have had a strenuous schedule from 6 AM practices and summer workouts. The Lady Raiders are nationally ranked #5 this season in their division. The 2018 volleyball squad is headed by 3 seniors this year including Kelsey Ford, Lily Crawford, and Samantha Brown. We took a look into the life of a senior volleyball player and accent: Kelsey Ford. Her schedule is a gruesome one with accent and volleyball practice, and she is forced to sacrifice some time of her accent or volleyball practice. Kelsey said the Lady Raiders are very confident off of recent play as they are currently 18-4 this season, and the 3 losses were in tournament play. The new coach, Melissa Denson has been put under a lot of pressure to secure the state title once again for the Lady Raiders, “The best way to handle it is to not think about it, go day by day and have goals” is the motto she and her players go by. Coach Denson, also known as Mrs. Denson by her students came from Clinton High School and has said it is been refreshing to be in a new and smaller environment. The Jackson Academy volleyball team has worked hard all summer, school mornings, and afternoons. Be sure to go support the lady raiders in their upcoming game!