The Bourne High School volleyball team was waiting to find out if it was going to be allowed to participate in the Southcoast Conference tournament at the end of this week. If they are allowed to release from quarantine and join in on the fun, then senior Jill Orth will get to play with her high school team a little bit more. If they’re kept out of the mix, then Orth will bid adieu to volleyball and get ready to start up lacrosse season, which will be the final high school sport for the co-captain of the Lady Canalmen.
Jillian, a National Honor Society student, is the daughter of Christine Neves and Joseph Warnock. She has one older sister, her former teammate at BHS, Charlotte. She said that her most-prized possession is the championship ring she received after BHS won the 2018 state championship.
“The Blind Side” is Jillian’s favorite movie, and “Criminal Minds” is her favorite TV show. Journey is her favorite band. Her favorite meal is mac and cheese, and she loves Brownie sundaes as well.
How did you get involved with volleyball? How much do you enjoy it? What was your role on the team?
My family has always played volleyball, so I have always been around it. However I joined a club called Unity and really started my volleyball journey in the 7th grade. I love this sport so much, it really means the world to me. Through the years I have played many positions but became a setter, which has taught me how to lead and support my teammates on the court.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
When I found out that we were going to have a season this year, I was beyond thrilled. It meant so much to me. I was so disappointed that the fall season was canceled. I was excited to meet the new coach and learn a new way of volleyball.
The season for volleyball is ending this week. Looking back, are you happy with how you played your last season? How was this season different than past ones?
Looking back I am proud of how I and my team played and handled ourselves this season. I believe we played our game and took joy in our victories, no matter how small or big they were. This season was very different from my past seasons; with the social distancing and masks, it was strange to play with the new rules. It was also very strange not to have our usual team-bonding sessions before home games like we did in previous years.
You transition right into lacrosse. What are your expectations for that team this year? What will your role be with the team?
I think lacrosse this year will definitely be fun and competitive with many new faces. I will most likely be a defensive player on the team this year and I am very excited.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think a scouting report for volleyball would say that I am a hardworking, skillful and a very dedicated player.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
One game that I would replay would be the 2018 state championship game, even though I only played for a few minutes. The pure excitement and joy that all our hard work throughout the season had paid off really was an unforgettable memory and I would love to be able to see it again.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career would definitely be my senior volleyball season, I have grown so much as a player throughout this year and season. This whole season has been the best it could be.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I’ve ever played with was Charlotte Orth, my sister. She has challenged me in every sport we have played together, whether it was basketball, volleyball, or lacrosse. She has always been there for me and all her teammates and I will forever look up to her: she is the most hardworking and dedicated teammate I’ve ever met, and I will always strive to be like her.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I do not have any superstition, but some of my friends do, and I think they are funny, yet believable.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I’ve learned from sports would be that hard work pays off and as long as you put effort in, it will always show.
Was there anything that you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
During quarantine I worked on my setting and vertical, so I could play better volleyball.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and athletic trainers that I’ve had throughout my athletic career.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I’ve ever visited would probably be Washington, DC, because of all the historic landmarks. I’ve always dreamt of traveling Europe and seeing the world.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference between my freshman and senior self would be confidence. If I could go back, I would tell my freshman self that I was good enough and just to be confident in my own abilities.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
People would be surprised to learn that I am a good cook.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch places with one person for a week, it would be Jeff Bezos, and I would use a large sum of his money and donate it to various charities.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would be with my family at my Nana and Papa’s house, and spending the day in their backyard by the pool and just hanging out and talking.
What are your post high school plans?
I am attending Saint Michael’s College and studying biology. I am also going to try out for the volleyball team there.