Top Performer: Jaedyn Namanny
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Christian was once again this year one of the top volleyball teams in Class ‘A’.
The Comets finished with a 25-10 record and just fell short of earning a spot in the state tournament for the third time in four years.
Not bad for a team that only had one senior on the squad, who ended up being both a leader on and off the court.
Rapid City Christian libero Jaedyn Namanny was used to standing out on the volleyball court this season in her uniquely colored jersey.
“I’ve always strived to be the libero or defensive specialist because it’s been one of my favorites,” said Jaedyn Namanny. “Normally a lot of people like to be hitters and stuff. But over the past few years, I’ve been striving to wear the yellow jersey. So it’s been exciting this year to wear it full time and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Not only was Namanny the libero, she represented the sole senior on the Comets volleyball team this season.
“It is a little different being the only senior,” said Namanny. “But it just means trying to be a good leader on the court and to all my younger teammates. I just feel like being supportive and positive.”
“She’s been with the same group of girls for a lot of years,” said Rapid City Christian volleyball coach Elizabeth Kieffer. “There’s been five or six of them that have played middle school together and on. So I feel they’re just a tight group of girls. So no one seems to put pressure on her and she does a great job as a senior.”
Namanny’s leadership was evident both on and off the court this season and she’s always tried to encourage her teammates.
“So I try to just make sure everyone’s doing good like every practice,” said Namanny. “Like how’s your day? How are you doing just as a whole? If they are struggling with something, I always just try give them positive advice and just lean on God.”
Despite having only one senior, coach Kieffer credited the Comets’ success to outstanding team chemistry.
“These girls are just like one big family,” said Kieffer. “So it is definitely a huge part of this team and they just love each other so well. So I constantly remind them that they are very blessed. God has blessed them with a great family and great team and that they need to be thankful for their teammates.”
Now that her high school career has come to an end, Namanny finds herself reflecting back on all the memories she’s made over the years.
“It’s so special just each game, the drives, the travels, the camps and all of that,” said Namanny. “The practices. Just the love we have for each other. I will never forget all those memories.”
Congratulations to Jaedyn Namanny on being named a News Center 1 Top Performer.