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Chism’s Trail to Success

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Millington senior Jaymie Chism, No. 2, was a key player in helping the Lady Trojans have a turnaround season in 2012.

This was the best season of Millington Volleyball in my 10 years of coverage.

Yes, I’ve been around that long. And over the years I’ve seen some talent come through the program like Aisha Adams, Lauren Trouy, Courtney Jordan, Megan Lamica and Dana Beckmann.

But the 2012 team was loaded with talent to equal the strengths of all those previous Lady Trojans. The past two years Savannah Aime help build the program from the ground.

Lisa Drumm inherited a team that played tournaments all over the Mid-South, feature club players like Sierra Williams, Tierra Ford and Elizabeth Woodard.

The Lady Trojans were not going to be pushovers this year. And each time Millington took the court they played the competition tough pulling off some upsets.

The 2012 featured eight seniors led by players like captain Lindsey Sailors. And there were players like Catherine Johnson who improved their play as the season progressed.

Players like Sierra Fergueson did the little things on and off the court to helped the Lady Trojans reach the District 14-3A semifinals for the second straight year.

On the court the play of Woodard shined all year. She is blessed with the physical ability to be a Division I player.

This year Woodard displayed she has the skill set and intelligence to go along with her God-given gifts. She knew when to slam down a spike or gently place a well-timed tip to outsmart a defense.

Most of Woodard’s kills were set by her fellow senior Jaymie Chism. The senior setter could be the face of the Class of 2013.

Chism worked hard and progressed over the four years to become a respected player. Off the court she rallied her teammates and kept the environment positive.

No wonder she was a captain as well. Chism was always there to give a pat on the back, encouraging word and a cheer when something good happen.

Chism shared the ball on the court with her hitters like Woodard, Williams and Ford. She’s the ideal setter because she has team success first on her mind. And she doesn’t care if she gets any credit as long as Millington wins.

Chism transformed her body in order to play better to help her team.

She put in extra time getting her front and back sets better. And in every interview she sung the praises of her coaches, teammates and the Lady Trojan supporters.

When the history of the 2012 Millington Lady Trojan Volleyball season is written, names like Woodard and Williams will be remembered for great stats. And the images of a Ford spike or volley will come to mind.

But those who played for this special team will know the important roles each senior had in making the Lady Trojans respectable. And a player like Chism will be the one of the first names to come to my mind. Her name belongs in my All-Decade team.

 

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