McKinley, Brusly to host volleyball jamborees

Brusly and McKinley will put on two major volleyball jamborees this week.

Brusly hosts the 16-team Westside Jamboree on Tuesday beginning at 3:45 p.m. at Brusly. Each team will play three matches up to 25 points or 19 minutes, whichever comes first. The last matches are set for 8:10 p.m.

Wednesday’s McKinley Jamboree begins at 3:30 p.m. at Louisiana School for the Deaf. This is the 20th year for McKinley to host, and there are five pools of four teams for 20 teams. Each game is to 21 points.

Defending Division I state champion St. Joseph’s Academy, host McKinley, The Dunham School, Central, Episcopal, University, Parkview Baptist, St. Michael the Archangel, Walker, Zachary and Ascension Christian are some of the teams to watch at LSD.

Donaldsonville, Scotlandville, St. John, Plaquemine, West Feliciana and Brusly are among the teams to watch at Brusly.

“The jamborees can set the tone for the season,” McKinley coach Brenda Simon said. “It gives every team a chance to see where they are at this point in the season and what they need to improve on. Teams that serve well will have an advantage.”

McKinley lost five starters from last season’s regional playoff team, including all-metro player Rondolyn Bryant to graduation.

“We’re a relatively young team,” Simon said. “Everybody is working together. We’re going to need to really communicate on the court and play defense as a unit.”

Players to watch for McKinley include Chyanna McGee, Rachel Eley, Emily Eley, Raven Mills, Rebecca Smith, Jasmine Bekkaye and Terrea Smith.

Brusly coach Karen Wooley led her squad to a 32-7 record and a district championship last season. Brusly lost four seniors from that team.

Brusly players to watch include all-metro middle blocker Johnee Leblanc, Victoria Genusa, outside hitter Caitlynn Williams, senior libero Claire Daigle and senior Kelsey Parker.

“We’re working on a faster offense,” Wooley said. “I want to see my kids execute and play with chemistry. We’ll mix things up. Jamboree games are fun and a chance to showcase your talents.

“I think the potential is here at Brusly for a really good season. We’re excited to see where we are as a team and want to continue to improve this season.”

The volleyball regular season begins next Tuesday.