Sierra Sun’s female Athlete of the Year from Truckee High School: Natalya Jones
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee volleyball coach Erika Murphy thought she could best describe the character of her senior libero by recounting a story from this past season.
The date was Sept. 21 and#8212; the opponent Dayton and#8212; when Natalya Jones found herself on the receiving end of a ball that hit her square in the nose. Bloodied in both nostrils, she left the match to receive attention from Truckee’s assistant coach and trainer.
and#8220;She came back out with two pieces of tissue stuffed up both nostrils,and#8221; Murphy recalled. and#8220;She had blood on her shirt and had cleaned up a little bit, and I asked her, and#8216;How are you doing, Natalya?’
and#8220;And she goes, and#8216;I’m good. I’m ready to get back on the court.’
and#8220;She just wiped her face on her sleeve and went back out there. And then she was passing awesome. So that kind of summed it up to me that she’s a hard-core, and#8216;let’s get the job done’ type of a player.and#8221;
Jones is the same hard-nosed player on the softball field as well, where she hit a cool .500 in league play to lead the Wolverines this past season.
For her talents and efforts in more than one sport and her leadership ability, the senior has been selected as the Sierra Sun’s female Athlete of the Year from Truckee High.
and#8220;Just her whole approach, she really turned into being that leader and responsible one who kind of took the younger girls under her wing,and#8221; said Truckee softball coach Geary Jones. and#8220;She was a great teammate.and#8221;
Jones, a sure-handed second baseman, was voted by coaches to the All-League first team after leading the conference with her .500 batting average.
and#8220;Obviously this year she was definitely our athletic punch,and#8221; Geary Jones said. and#8220;She led the team in hitting; she actually led the league in hitting. She tore it up. She ended up hitting an even .500 in league play, which is pretty phenomenal.and#8221;
While Murphy was complimentary of Jones’ passing ability as Truckee’s All-League libero in volleyball, she said the trait that stands out most to her about the senior is her selflessness.
and#8220;She wasn’t there for herself,and#8221; the coach said. and#8220;She was there for the team and the cause. It wasn’t about her. She was there for the whole program.and#8221;
Added Geary Jones: and#8220;I’m going to miss her a lot.and#8221;