Thomasson shines for Riverton volleyball

Jacy Thomasson recently topped 1,000 career kills as a junior.

RIVERTON, Kan. – Jacy Thomasson has a love for volleyball.

“Volleyball is my everything in a way,” Thomasson says with a laugh, “I started playing in 7th grade. That was the first time I ever touched a volleyball. It was the first year that coach Lipasek and everyone got here, and I fell in love with it immediately.”

“I came to Riverton when she was a 7th-grader,” says Riverton High School head volleyball coach Rebecca Lipasek, “My middle daughter, Kylie, was her middle school coach. Watching a kid that you could see was super athletic, but knew nothing about the game….each year she takes it to another level.”

“It’s just my happy place. It’s where I love to be and it’s where I love to spend my time,” Thomasson adds, “It’s what I want to put my time and effort into. I just love to play the game.”

As just a junior, Thomasson has already surpassed 1,000 kills in her high school career.

“It was a great accomplishment. It’s something that I’ve been working toward since my freshman year,” Thomasson says, “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. Without a pass and without a set, you can’t reach that kind of goal. It was exciting. All my teammates were excited for me. I’m just glad that I had the support from my teammates and coaches that I did.”

“She can touch 10 feet. So that’s playing at a very high level above the net,” Lipasek says of her junior hitter, “If we’re getting the passes that we need and the setter can get the ball to her, it’s very difficult for anyone to handle her or to get a good block up on her. She’s extremely athletic and she has a love for the game. You put those two together, and that’s what makes her special.”

In addition to posting big numbers – she’s also become a leader for a young Riverton roster.

“We don’t have a senior on the team this year,” Lipasek says, “It’s been important for her and our junior setter Morgan Compton to take on that role.”

“I love my teammates to death. I’m proud of my teammates for putting all their effort and energy out there,” Thomasson says of being a leader, “What I expect from myself, I expect out of them, too. I just try to hold them to a standard, and they hold me to that standard. I just want to push my teammates to be the best they can be, but I also love them both on and off the court.”

Thomasson has helped the Rams win 13 straight and win 20 of their first 21 games.

But she has her eyes on more in her final two seasons at Riverton.

“We won sub-state last year,” Thomasson finishes, “Our goal for this year is to win sub-state again, and not only get to the state tournament, but to get to the final four and make an appearance with those big schools, like Smoky Valley and people like that.”

Thomasson hopes to continue to play in college when she graduates from Riverton. She already has an offer on the table to play at Pittsburg State University.

Riverton will be back on the floor next Thursday against Chetopa.