Jankowski, Myers leading the attack for Crossroads volleyball

SERVE: Crossroads Charter Academy junior Haley Jankowski serves during a match this season. (Pioneer file photo)

SERVE: Crossroads Charter Academy junior Haley Jankowski serves during a match this season. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Haley Jankowski and Maya Myers both like the progress their Crossroads Charter Academy volleyball team is making this year, and they are anxious to see what the Cougars can accomplish as the season unfolds.

Jankowski is a junior in her second varsity season.

“I’ve improved a lot from last year,” she said. “I can hit way better. I get on top of the ball. In the summer, I worked on that a lot. I’m getting more kills.”

Jankowski is a middle hitter this season after being an outside hitter last year.

“I like middle a lot,” she said. “When there’s a spot open, I aim for it.”

Jankowski is focusing on improving her passing and working well with her setter. Getting low in position and using proper fundamentals are critical for that to happen, she said.

Jankowski has been encouraged with her team’s recent play.

“We work together and we don’t get down,” she said.

Myers, a senior, was upbeat after her team was 6-6 and took third place at CCA’s home invitational on Saturday.

“We kept ourselves positive and kept ourselves up,” she said. “We pushed through. That was good.”

Myers has been a middle hitter. Last season, she played back row. She admits she initially had reservations about making the move.

“I see where it’s best for the team,” Myers said, indicating she’s now comfortable with the transition. “I think I’m able to hit it in spots where teams can’t get it.”

She’s looking for everyone on the team to keep improving, especially in communication.

Myers also is serving and has been focusing on putting movement on the ball to make it difficult to return.

CCA is home on Tuesday against Manistee Catholic Central in West Michigan D League action.

“We need good communication and to not get down on ourselves,” Jankowski said.

Jankowski and Myers are both looking for the team to reach its potential.

“The team is getting better,” Myers said. “Every day, we’re improving.”

“We need to play to our potential every game and not get (intimidated) by the other team,” Jankowski added.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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