Perry volleyball finishes 4-1 at own invite

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Ashley Cerna (3) serves for Perry Thursday as teammates Jayna Kenney (11), Quinn Whiton, Kacy Nevitt (facing), Jasmine Shriver (5) and Magley Orellana watch.


The Perry volleyball team saw their overall record climb to 6-3 overall with an impressive 4-1 run through the competition at the Jayette Invitational Thursday.

Perry opened with a 21-15, 21-18 loss to Coon Rapids-Bayard, but then topped Earlham, 23-21, 20-22 and 15-8. The Jayettes moved to a warm, stuffy middle school gym for a full court contest (the varsity gym being divided into two smaller courts) where they prevailed, 21-16, 21-10, over Panorama. A move back to the varsity gym was rewarded with wins of 22-24, 21-15, 15-9 over Ogden and of 21-1, 21-5 over Des Moines North.

The Jayettes have struggled to raise their serving efficiency but sparkled against DM North in their final match, finishing 38-of-39 with 11 aces. Those numbers were needed, as Perry was 183-215 overall (.851) with 33 total aces. The Jayettes served .864 as a team last season.

Kacy Nevitt led the offense with 54 total kills, with Jasmine Shriver adding 20 kills, Ashley Cerna six, Peyton Tunink three and Jayna Kenney and Quinn Whiton two apiece. Whiton had 71 assists, with Magley Orellana making four assists and four others one each.

Orellana had 24 digs, Cerna 20, Shriver 17, Whiton 11, and Kenney and Nevitt eight apiece while Tunink had five digs. Kenney and Tunink had four blocks apiece, with Nevitt, Shriver and Whiton each making two blocks.

Kenney served 37-44-5, Nevitt 28-38-13 and Cerna 33-35-6, with Shriver 40-44-2 and Whiton 26-31-4 behind the line. Tunink was 9-11-2, Orellana 5-of-9, and Mary Ann Riesberg 5-5-1. Riesberg had four digs, with Lanie Fish adding a kill and making good on her lone serve.

Perry visits Ballard Tuesday before hosting Bondurant-Farrar Sept. 24 in their next two scheduled matches.

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