Kierra Justin provided key role as hitter for Bucks

LEROY — Kierra Justin ended her first varsity volleyball season last week and pointed to a substantial amount of progress for both she and her teammates this fall.

She had played junior varsity volleyball the past two seasons.

Justin has played in previous years on the varsity basketball level. But in a different sport, she found herself on the varsity level for the first time.

“They play at a lot faster pace and you realize you really have to work hard as a team and communicate more than on the JV team,” she said.

Justin indicated her transition process went rather smoothly.

The Bucks won several dual matches prior to entering district action.

“We’ve gotten a lot better since (early) in the season,” Justin said.

Hitting has been her main strength.

“I try to hit it as hard as I can and I’m working on my spots,” she said.

Justin also has been working on her blocking.

“You have to have the right footwork and get the right timing and make sure you (jump) at the right time,” she said.

The team has improved “a lot,” since August, Justin indicated, added that “communicating on the court” remains critical for the team to have success in the post season.

Pine River’s season ended in a loss to McBain last week.