LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Liberty Blue Jays volleyball team opened the season with a third-place finish at the Regis Jam Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31.
The Blue Jays (3-1) played in 17 sets in during the course of the two-day, out-of-state tournament.
“We were very happy with how we performed,” Liberty coach April Fleming said. “That’s a lot of volleyball so it was good to see some fresh legs get in there and contribute. They came in and played well and played against some of the best competition in Colorado.”
Liberty went 2-0 on the opening day, posting a three-set win over Air Academy (25-17, 25-19, 25-16) and a five-set victory against Pine Creek (26-24, 25-18, 17-25, 17-25, 15-10).
On the second day, the Jays fell to Chaparral, ranked No. 2 in Colorado’s Class 5A polls, in five sets (25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 22-25, 8-15) in the opener before earning third-place hardware with a four-set victory over Arapahoe (25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20).
Liberty senior Meghan Schneider dished out 176 total assists, 35.2 per contest, to land on the all-tournament team. Sophomore Madison Corf registered 71 kills, 14 per game, to also land on the all-tournament squad.
Bailee Middleton added 63 kills, 12 aces and 66 digs for the Blue Jays. Elizabeth Stepp produced a team-high 70 digs, while Brooklyn Young led the way in blocks with 14.
It was the second straight year Liberty went out of state to open the season as the Blue Jays took part in a Florida tournament last season. The early-season action provided a solid measuring stick for Fleming’s squad.
“It’s nice to get a tournament in early and face some different competition,” she said. “It’s just getting away and having it be our team and doing some team-building activities. It brought our team closer together and it was really a good way to start the season.”