Bailey Jones named player of the year
Although she was one of the most feared offensive volleyball players in the area, Bailey Jones never expected to receive the accomplishments she did during her senior season.
“With the records, it was just a matter of me playing,” said Jones. “I play hard every day and that is where it got me.”
Jones’ ability to play both defense and offense for the Tigers earned her the Avalanche-Journal’s All-City Player of the Year, first team all-state Texas Girls Coaches Association, and first team Texas Sports Writers Association.
She ended the season as Frenship’s digs leader this year with 346. Jones also broke her own single-season school records with 668 kills and 145 blocks, and she set another record with 85 service aces.
“It’s kind of funny because in school I didn’t even think about things like (breaking records),” said Jones. “I didn’t expect many awards, and it puts pressure on me in college because I want to go and be as good as people think I am.”
Jones has signed to continue playing volleyball at Lubbock Christian University.
Jones said she has been able to be successful because of her work ethic. She has worked in the off-season on perfecting her form and learning to read both ends of the court.
“When I first started varsity, it was a matter of surviving and doing my best,” said Jones. “I have had different coaches along with coach (Jennifer) McCully to help me correct my form.”
Currently, Jones is playing club volleyball for Jennifer Lawrence, her future coach at Lubbock Christian University.
“I really like playing for her (Lawrence),” said Jones. “I like her style of play.”
Jones decided to play at Lubbock Christian for several reasons.
“My brother was a basketball player at LCU and I really like the school,” said Jones. “It is close to home and I like that I am able to have my family watch me play.”
Jones is an active member of South Plains Church of Christ.
She said she looks forward to attending chapel and religion courses at Lubbock Christian University.
She said she is unsure on what she will major in while at Lubbock Christian University.
Recently Jones has occupied her time by trying out for the track team.
“It is something I did in junior high and I wasn’t half bad,” said Jones. “I want to do high jump. It is a good way to keep me in shape during the off season.”
She is also keeping up with her new-found hobby of reading.
“I picked up a book this summer and I liked it a lot,” said Jones. “I read about eight books over the summer. Most of them were from Christian authors. ”
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