McCook Community College sophomore Jordan Jerome recently signed on to the University of Augusta (Ga.) Volleyball program.
McCook Community College sophomore Jordan Jerome on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent to pursue her volleyball career next year at Augusta University in Georgia, an NCAA Division II program.
The Rawlins Wyoming 5-10 outside hitter is heading to Georgia, a week after her younger sister Jessie signed a letter of intent to come to McCook next season as a setter.
MCC coach Hayley Kobza said she learned about Jerome’s daughters several summers ago when their father Joshua – whose parents live in McCook – was visiting.
?? He reached out to bring the girls to the gym during the summer ?? he ?? her super dad for his daughters ?? so they came over and we talked and it turned out that was meant to be, ?? Kobza said.
In the first year in the spring, Jérôme was appointed to the team of the IX South region. As an outside hitter, she appeared in 29 games with 175 kills, 210 digs, 25 serving aces and led the MCC with 58 blocks overall.
This fall, Jérôme played 38 games with 386 kills, 402 digs, 35 aces on service and 56 blocks in total. She was once again named to the entire IX South region team. For her career, she compiled 561 eliminations, 612 digs, 60 aces, 108 assist blocks and six solo blocks.
She recorded a career-high 22 kills in the Region IX tournament opener last week.
?? She had a really good second year and I don’t even think she’s peaked yet, ?? Kobza said. At the very end of the season, I thought she was playing at her best, so I think there is still more to come.
Jerome said there was a point at the start of the season when things weren’t going well for her. And it was in the middle of a ?? lousy game ?? where she draws her fondest memory of trainer Kobza. On September 7, in a home game with North Platte, Jérôme’s strikes were very staggered.
?? I didn’t have the best game. I kept hitting the back wall. The coach brought me to the edge of the field ?? it wasn’t even a downtime – and I said some very encouraging words that touched my heart. Then she slapped me on the buttocks as I walked over to the service line said ?? I love you Jordy, ???? remembers Jérôme.
MCC came back from two sets to defeat North Platte 3-2 that night.
?? It will always stay with me, ?? said Jerome. ?? Coach is a woman I can always admire. She is my favorite girl.
On his decision to sign with Augusta as an outside hitter, Jerome said a key factor was the school’s respected respiratory therapy program as well as a volleyball team that posted a 19-8 score. and is in second place (6-3) playing in the Peach Belt conference for coach Sharon Quarles, in her 13th season.
?? I really like their coach, she knows what she is doing, her season has gone really well and she has talented daughters, ??? said Jerome.
One of those players is former MCC Kiera Barr, a senior libero / defensive specialist for the Jaguars.
Jordan said she looks forward to new challenges in a new location but will always have fond memories of her time at MCC ?? whether it’s time spent driving in the countryside, activities on campus, time on the bus, in the locker room or in the field.
?? We just have this connection, and that’s what I’m going to miss the most ?? my daughters, and playing with my daughters, ?? she said. ?? I mean these girls are going to be at my wedding. ?? (She notes that for the record, it won’t be anytime soon).
?? Jordan has been a great player, with a great attitude, and I’m looking forward to what she will do next, ?? Kobza said.