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After losing seven players and returning just two veteran seniors, the James Buchanan girls volleyball team looked to be in a rebuilding year. But the young core, led by senior outside hitter Tyana Quivers, was confident heading into the 2016 season, and has not disappointed.
In a marathon week, the Rockets went 3-1, taking statement wins over successful teams like Big Spring and Middletown, led by Quivers who had astounding stats for the week.
Quivers, who racked up 55 kills, 34 digs, 21 aces and seven blocks combined, is the P.O. Female Athlete of the Week.
"It was a lot this week with four games, but we pushed through and got what we needed," Quivers said. "We just have to be ready for whatever comes next."
The Rockets' 3-1 victory over Big Spring was their first in a virtually brand new Mid Penn Capitol Division, and provided some confidence to the young squad.
"The Big Spring game we knew that was going to be a big game and we just pushed every point," Quivers said. "In the fourth set we pushed every single point, we wanted that game so bad and pushed really hard to get it."
The most dominant performance of the week came in a non-league trouncing of Steel High, which scored just 12 total points between three sets versus the Rockets. Quivers had 14 aces.
"Tyana has definitely stepped up, and she's very flexible moving fichom the middle to outside," James Buchanan coach Tonya Miller said. "Her serve is more of a float serve now, and it's just dropping and teams don't expect it. It's gotten the last couple teams now."
In JB's only loss of the week, 3-0 defeat to West Perry, who is in second place in the Capitol Division, Quivers still managed solid stats with 12 kills and 15 digs. Miller said the loss to West Perry was a turning point in the week, which regrouped the team for a run at Big Spring and Middletown.
"I knew with the division changing we had no clue on what some of these teams would bring," Quivers said. "But I told the them we have to play our game. We are such a young team, and I think they are so young they look up to (me and Sarah Blair) and that pushes them to play their hardest for us because it's our last year and they want to help us win."
Tyana Quivers, James Buchanan
Sport: Girls volleyball
Position: Outside hitter
Parents: Lisa Riley, Thomas Quivers
Other interests: She enjoys photography and is a member of Student Council
Favorite team: Washington Redskins
Athlete most admired: DeSean Jackson
Interesting fact: She shares a birthday with her sister, Toryn, who is 6 years older.
Statistics: Through four matches this week, Quivers led the team with 55 total kills, and also had 34 digs, 21 aces and seven blocks. Of her 55 kills, 21 came against Middletown in a narrow non-league victory, and she had 14 of her 21 aces in a 3-0 sweep of Steel High.