FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021


         TYRO – Only six girls available for a volleyball match? No problem, according to the rapidly-improving squad at Altoona-Midway Middle School.

         The Lady Jets, despite falling in the first set and having no available substitutes, played solid volleyball the rest of the way and defeated Tyro Christian School Middle School in a best-of-five-set match here Thursday.

         Altoona-Midway won the match in four sets, 18-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-22.

          “The girls fought hard for this win. This was such an exciting match to watch,” said AMMS head coach Nikki Almond. “Tyro had enough girls to sub at almost every dropped ball, so their girls got to rest quite a bit during the four sets. Tonight, we played with six girls, so we didn’t sub the entire match.

Our girls had to win this just the six of them, and they did just that,” Almond said. “They are starting to learn how to take care of the ball and that every point matters.”

It was the second consecutive win for the Lady Jets, whose total roster of seven players includes three sixth graders, and four players who never played volleyball prior to this season.

Chantal Morales led AMMS with five aces, while Sandra Morales collected four aces and Alex Foudray and Harmony McFarland each fired three aces. Foudray and Sandra Morales also each had a kill.

In the passing department, Chantal Morales paced the attack with 39 while Foudray recorded 31 passes.

The win also evened the Lady Jets overall record at 2-2 for the season.

Altoona-Midway will hit the road to Mound Valley on Monday, Sept. 20, for a triangular with Mound Valley and Bartlett. Matches are slated to begin at 4 p.m.