Savannah Morning News selected Logan Jones as their “Girls Athlete of the Week” for September 9.
The following article appeared in the Friday, September 9 edition of the newspaper by Dennis Knight.
Savannah Christian’s Landon Jones has shown her versatility during a standout volleyball career for the Raiders, as she has starred as a setter, outside hitter and a tenacious defender.
Those traits have helped the senior earn a scholarship to play at Georgia Southern.
Last week, Jones was on top of her game as Savannah Christian traveled to Charleston to play in the Porter-Gaud Tournament. The Raiders went 4-1, finishing second as Jones made the all-tournament team. She was selected as the Savannah Morning News Girls Athlete of the Week for her performance.
Jones stands just 5-foot-6, but her 30-inch vertical has helped her become one of the top hitters in the area. Last season, she also set in a two-setter system for the Raiders, who reached the GHSA Class A state semifinals. She is being recruited as a defensive specialist by GS.
“Landon was solid throughout the day at Porter-Gaud with her passing and hitting,” said SCPS coach Julie Jones, Landon’s mother. “She provided consistency we needed in tough matches.”
Julie Jones was quick to also credit the rest of the squad for her team’s success. Libero Emilee Wissmach (who has committed to Mercer), setter Lainey Aenchbacher (Armstrong State), middle blocker Hannah White, opposite hitter Adrianna Simon and setter Sam Zittrauer also had strong showings.
“Landon has improved a lot with her defense,” Julie Jones said. “And she did a great job setting last year, which was impressive moving over to do that on a high-level team. This year, she is doing a lot of passing and has gone back to be more of a hitter for us.”
Landon Jones said she has focused on the defensive aspect of her game as she prepares to play at Georgia Southern.
“I’ve been working on my serve receive and passing because I’m going to be doing a lot of that in college,” Landon said.
Being knocked out of the postseason in the Class A semis has served as motivation for the Raiders (12-1). SCPS entered the week ranked No. 2 in the state among Class A teams by Score Atlanta, one spot behind cross-town rival Calvary Day, who the Raiders were set to host Thursday.
“Calvary is our rival, and we look forward to it every time we play them,” Landon Jones said.