If Clearwater-Orchard fans are looking for positive news for the future of the volleyball team, look no further than the three record-setters in the junior class.
The Cyclones finished the year with a 20-11 record, the most wins in a single season since Clearwater and Orchard began their co-op. To do so, it took a record-breaking performance from juniors JoCee Johnston, Julian Tuttle and Grace Rittscher.
The trio combined to break five different team records this season in leading the team to the second round of subdistrict play. Johnston proved herself to be one of the top hitters in the state as she recorded 314 kills on the season. Rittscher also set a season record for the Cyclones, pulling up 451 digs to lead the Clearwater-Orchard defense throughout the year.
The best statistical game of the year for all three came in the first round of subdistricts when O-C took on Boyd County. The match turned out to be a five-set victory for the Cyclones, with all three girls making their mark in the process. Johnston put down an astounding 28 kills on the night.
A lot of Johnston’s strong work came thanks to the pinpoint accuracy of Tuttle, who set the Cyclones up with 42 assists on the night. While those two were using their strong offense to keep the Spartans on their heels, Rittscher was busy on the defensive end, bringing up 39 digs to keep the Cyclones in control much of the game.