2021 JHS vs. Routt ‘COVID Clash’

  • Senior Abby Lewis (#15) swings for a kill as Juniors Lauren Flagler (#10) and Katelyn Keller (#18) attempt to block the hit.
  • Sophomore, Hannah Parlier, swings with the ball, April 12 against Jacksonville High School.
  • Junior setter, Liz Soltermann, pushes the volleyball out to middle hitter, Katelyn Keller.
  • Junior player, Lauren Flagler, serves the ball to Routt’s team to start off another play.
  • Juniors, Annika Robinson (#13) and Liz Soltermann (#2) attempt to block a hit from Routt’s offensive front row during the April 12 game.
  • Riley Drake, sophomore and outside hitter, hammers down the ball against the Routt Catholic High School defense.
  • Routt Catholic High School’s varsity volleyball team celebrating their victory over crosstown rival Jacksonville High school, with an ending set score of 25-22.

By Kinley Wood

Every year in October, the two notorious hometown rivals, Jacksonville High School (JHS) and Routt Catholic High School come together in a volleyball match known as Volley for a Cure.

Volley for a Cure, one of the great ways the Jacksonville community raises money for charity, was unable to take place due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Generally, multiple fundraising activities are held at Volley for a Cure. However, due to COVID-19, this season’s annual battle was a little different. This year, the match was called the “Covid Clash,” due to the 2020-21 volleyball season being pushed back into the months of March and April.

The match was held on April 12, at the JHS Bowl, where a limited number of fans were able to attend. Unlike normal sports seasons, each player is limited in the number of guests they can have in attendance.

The close game resulted in Routt coming out victorious after losing the first set to JHS, then dominating in the second and third. Both teams knew to expect a tough game. Without a few of JHS’s pivotal players, Madie Tomhave and Anna Reif, who were out with injuries, the Crimsons had to adapt and fight harder than ever to keep up with their crosstown rival. The final scores of all sets were 21-25, 25-18, and 25-22.

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