Meet the 'Jackets: Jodie Fox

Phto courtesy Nicholas Mebruer
Lebanon senior Jodie Fox spikes a ball in a high school volleyball game against Camdenton last season.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Lebanon senior Jodie Fox is looking to contribute to an LHS volleyball team that won 20 games a season ago.

Fox is coming off a junior season where she spent most of her time at the junior varsity level, but with her versatility and ability to play anywhere on the court, will be a nice addition to the varsity team this fall.

Lebanon head volleyball coach Jenny Collins had high praise for Fox and her offseason she had.

“She (Jodie) shows some versatility and is a player who has seen herself in several positions on the court this summer,” Collins said. “She has setter experience and is able to continue to run the offense if the setter plays the defensive ball.
 
“She will most likely see time on the front row opposite of the setter, but is willing to step in to another position when needed.”

Fox is also the manager for the Lebanon girls’ varsity basketball team during the winter time.

The Lebanon Daily Record recently caught up with Fox to talk to her about the upcoming volleyball season.

LDR – Talk about the strengths of your game and what you contribute on the court.

Jodie – I would say my biggest strength is that I always give full effort and never give up, and my knowledge of the game. I also always try to bring out the best in my teammates in practice and games.

LDR – What are some things that you have tried to improve on during the offseason?

Jodie – During the offseason I really tried to improve the placement of my hits, and my vertical and leg strength.

LDR – What club volleyball team do you play for? How does that certain program help your game?

Jodie – I play for Club Synergy here in town. It was the best fit for me because I was able to work on my own skills and continue to build the relationships I have with my teammates that we started in the school season.

LDR – What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?

Jodie – I’m excited for just being with my team and getting better with them. This is my senior season and I’m really looking forward to playing one last time with my best friends.

LDR – Which team do you look forward to playing most and why?

Jodie – Willard is one of our most competitive opponents. They’re incredibly talented and it’s always an exciting game.

LDR – Who has been the biggest influence on your volleyball career and why?

Jodie – I think my family has been the biggest influence on me. They’ve always supported me and encouraged me. I’ve had so many coaches over the years that have also pushed me and held me to high expectations.

LDR – Talk about your position and what your job is on the court.

Jodie – I’ve had different roles on the team but I’ve usually been a right side hitter. In this position the job is to hit, block, and be second setter.

LDR – What advice would you give to a someone younger than you who wants to become a successful volleyball player?

Jodie – My advice is to never give up and be confident. Most importantly have fun with your teammates and  always stay positive.

LDR – How long have you been playing volleyball and what got you interested in the sport?

Jodie – I have been playing volleyball since the fourth or fifth grade. I was interested in volleyball because I had gone to camps and my parents had taken me to watch games at Mizzou. Ever since then I just fell in love with the game and have played ever since.

LDR – What are some keys for a successful season this year?

Jodie – To be successful this year we need to make sure that we play together as a unit and communicate. We also need to play every game strong start to finish.

LDR – What other extracurricular activities do you participate in outside of volleyball?

Jodie – I am involved in Interact Club,  Future Teachers of America, National Honors Society, and I am the varsity girls basketball manager.

LDR – What is your favorite sports memory and why?

Jodie – My favorite memory was winning against Willard last year. We were down by a lot but we were able to come back and win the game. The JV team last season worked very well together and we had a lot of fun, and that game sticks out to me as one of my favorites.

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