Justin set to give PR girls volleyball strength as a hitter

LEROY – It’s the final year for Pine River’s Jamie Justin, who’s hoping to make the most of her senior season, starting with volleyball.

It was a busy summer for Justin.

“I played basketball and softball during the summer and as much volleyball as I could,” she said.

For volleyball, it’s her second varsity season.

As a junior, “I think I did pretty good for my first year playing,” Justin said, adding that as a hitter, communicating with the setter was critical. “We’re focusing on working together as a team and talking.”

Blocking has been a Justin strength during her varsity tenure.

The season started last Saturday at Traverse City Central.

“I feel we can do a lot of things this year,” Justin said. “We have quite a few returners. We have a new setter so as long as we communicate with her ... It’s pretty key, you have to get your timing exactly right with her.”

Justin plays basketball year-round along with trying to include her other sports. But basketball has been considered a strong sport for her and Justin admits she’ll eventually be looking for a hoops program on the college level.

Meanwhile, Justin hopes to help the Bucks contend for a league title.