By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
ATHENS — She’s a killer.
On the volleyball court, that is.
Sarah Jones is a force for the Concord University Lady Mountain Lions. Last year, as a sophomore she had 367 kills and could possibly surpass that this season for coach Kate Southcott’s team. According to Jones, she has improved that aspect of her game.
“I feel like my hitting has been more consistent this year because last year was my first season playing outside,” Jones commented. “But then this year I got moved back to the middle, so I have the previous knowledge from playing middle and then last season from playing outside. I’m a lot more comfortable knowing what I’m doing out there.”
A native of Woodbridge, Va., and a graduate of Forest Park High School, it was her relationship with Southcott that landed her on the Athens campus.
“Coach Southcott was my first club coach. She coached at Osbourn Park (High School) and that was our rival school back in high school,” Jones said. “She talked to me and helped me find schools and I picked this place.”
Jones thinks the Mountain Lions’ strength comes from their unity and that contributes to their current and hopefully future successes.
“We started out as a young team and we all grew up together, playing together,” Jones said. “I still think we have some kinks to work out, but overall we just have to play together.
“We’ve had basically the same six girls playing with each other for three years now and we’re comfortable with each other. We know who is next to us, who is going to get the pass up. We trust each other and have each other’s backs.”
There is one area where Jones believes the team needs to improve in order to build the program.
“Communication is one of the biggest things we have to work on now and we need to keep working together and trust each other,” Jones commented.
A junior majoring in graphic design, Jones hopes to some day work in advertising. When asked the highlight of her Concord career she recalled a certain game.
“Probably beating (W. Va.) Wesleyan,” Jones said. “That was a fun game for us. It was our first win against Wesleyan in like four years.”
This season the Lady Lions are 13-13 overall and 5-6 in the Mountain East Conference. There are only three seniors on the roster and Jones is one of six juniors. There are no sophomores and five freshmen.
Jones leads the team with 241 kills, is second with 204 digs, has 72 blocks and has had 24 assists for the Lady Lions this season.
She and Concord travel to the University of Virginia at Wise today for a Mountain East Conference match.
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