A slew of returning starters is giving Perry volleyball head coach John Fulton reason for optimism as the season begins Tuesday.
“We are going to have a lot of starters back on the floor,” Fulton said. “Jenisis Cerna will step in for Magley Orellana at libero, but most everyone is back. The reserves all saw playing time, too, so I like what we have.”
Perry was 11-24 in 2019 and were winless in conference play. Their first chance to end a four-year RRC skid comes tomorrow when the Jayettes host new conference foe North Polk. Varsity is expected to start at approximately 7 p.m.
Kacy Nevitt returns for the Jayettes after posting 222 kills and 40 blocks last fall. She had 93 digs and served 112-of-147 with 28 aces.
Jasmine Shriver had 75 kills, 17 blocks and 161 digs while serving 180-188-8, with Ashley Cerna responsible for 31 kills.
Jayna Kenney produced 13 kills, 59 digs and 72 assists, with Peyton Tunink adding 18 kills and 10 blocks. Kenney was 134-158-17 behind the service line.
Quinn Whiton is back at setter after dishing out 144 assists and making 10 kills, with Jenisis Cerna 55-61-4 while serving.
Addison Huntington, Maci Tunink, Lanie Fish, Bella Nath, and Joanna Rodriguez round out the roster.
The competition will, as usual, be very tough in the RRC. Newcomer Gilbert is ranked eighth in Class 4A, with Winterset 13th, Carroll 14th, and Bondurant-Farrar 15th.
Perry is at Boone Sept. 1, hosts Carlisle Sept. 8 and will then entertain Des Moines East, Earlham, Nodaway Valley, Ogden, and South Hamilton Sept. 10 in the Perry Tourney.