Jordan building off first district win

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 1/17/22

“It’s definitely nice to win,” said Peri Olmo, a sophomore forward. “It feels good and gives the team a lot of confidence, especially the incoming freshman, you can see how it’s just helped them settle in on the team and it’s just given all of us a lot of confidence.”

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Jordan building off first district win

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This is a season of firsts for Jordan.

Last Tuesday the Warriors got their first district win over Paetow, it’s the team’s first varsity season and they are hoping to compete for their first payoff berth this year.

But Jordan head coach Rennie Rebe wants to move past those firsts as quickly as possible.

“Firsts are cool to celebrate, but we want to be perennially good,” Rebe said. “We want to get those firsts out of the way so everything isn’t a first. We don’t want to be the one hit wonder. Our goal is to continually, every year, be a force. So once we can get those out of the way and celebrate those things, then we can just roll like normal and we can get into a regular rhythm where nothing is new.”

Jordan has started off the year with a 2-4 record but has faced stiff competition in their two tournaments they have played so far. They hold wins over Paetow and Brazoswood and have started to gain confidence heading into the third week of the season.

“It’s definitely nice to win,” said Peri Olmo, a sophomore forward. “It feels good and gives the team a lot of confidence, especially the incoming freshman, you can see how it’s just helped them settle in on the team and it’s just given all of us a lot of confidence.”

The Jordan team is going through growing pains in their first varsity season, but has showed lots of progress from the first time Rebe took them through a practice last year.

“It’s been a tremendous amount of growth,” Rebe said. “We play our way and we’re tough, but we don’t come with the confidence and if the other team is in your face coming at you, our kids are still assessing and trying to figure out how to play with these teams. We look a little bit dough eyed at times, but that is improving. They realize, oh wow, I can play with these players and we are seeing that progress from them, and it’s exciting.”

That progress is coming at a good time, as Jordan has just ended tournament season and will face strictly district foes from here on out.

The next step for the team is to put a complete game together.

“You can’t play the same way, you have to adapt and adjust. The key for us, and it’s hard with a young team, is you need to play your style no matter who you play, but there’s a tendency to start playing the way the other team is playing. If you do that and you play to the other teams strengths, you aren’t going to be successful,” Rebe said. “We’ve had some really good quality moments, but we haven’t put that together for 80 minutes, so the key for us is the timing and figure out how to put it together when it matters the most.”

Jordan is young and it will be a year of learning, but the team expects to compete and hopefully make a run at a playoff spot.

“We’re starting to play more together, and that’s really important,” Rebe said. “Individually, one player won’t beat you, but when you start playing 11 strong, that can beat anybody. So even if you come up against really good players, she herself won’t beat you if you put 11 together. It’s all about that and retraining them because when they’re in club it’s about showcasing yourself. But here, it all counts the same and it’s all for Jordan, we just have to play together and they’ve started to do that and realize they’re stronger as 11.”

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