COLUMBIA — Bounce to the left, bounce to the right. Subconsciously, this is what Jordan Reid, a freshman on the Columbia College volleyball team, does before every play.
"I'm really bouncy all the time," Reid said. "I wish I could change it because I look kinda dorky, but I don’t know, it’s just how I play, I guess. I try to stay light on my feet."
In the Cougars' 25-6, 25-6, 25-4 win Monday night over Harris-Stowe State, Reid crouched low, ready to spring. When the ball came her way, she jumped like a jack-in-the-box and went in for the kill. On another play, the ball was sinking fast near her. She shouted for the whole arena to hear.
"Mine, mine, mine," Reid said as she collided with sophomore Erin Pavlin. Reid was still able to get the dig and keep the play alive.
In practice, Reid goes after every ball that comes in her vicinity. Reid practices so hard, she has to change jerseys halfway through because of sweat.
When it's Reid's turn to serve, she wipes the sweat from her forehead, bounces the ball twice and does something that can only be described as running in the air. She claps and cheers as her team gets the point.
She goes to serve again, with the same routine, only this time, she does not get as much air and the the ball hits the net. Reid shakes her head and mumbles to herself.
"Sometimes I have to tell her, 'Jordan, don’t apologize,'" coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said. "She’ll apologize if she makes a bad play, and she’s just such a nice girl."
As she prepares for the next play, Reid calls out to her teammates, something she can't really explain.
"I don’t know, I try to make up things to say, cause really, I don't, I, 'Good job, let’s pass the ball,'" Reid said. "Basically it’s just whatever comes to mind, and I can think that is encouraging or help the team."
As the only freshman on the team, Reid does not expect to start, like she did at Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she was named team MVP twice.
"One thing I miss is the adrenaline you get," Reid said about starting. "Like, you don’t get that anywhere else, and so when you do go on the court, it's like a rush through your whole body. It's really cool."
Reid could get that adrenaline back later this season, though, at outside hitter.
"I can see her very easily, even this year, maybe taking over," Wrye-Washington said. "I mean she's a very talented player and she has what it takes. It's just a matter of gaining the strength and learning the speed of the game that we're playing, and once she gets that, she's going to take off. I see her finding success this year."
While she enjoys the adrenaline and has a need to bounce, Reid is still able to relax for her favorite activity — napping.
"I sleep a lot. Like, I slept like five hours today and just between classes," Reid said.
Reid’s adrenaline will be pumping this week. She is eager for a visit from her mother, who is flying in from Canada for Reid’s 18th birthday.
Fellow Canadian Kelly Corkum said she loves to bond with Reid over their national ties, but doesn't hesitate to join in on the friendly team jokes toward Reid and her high energy.
"She has this high-pitched voice that we all love, but we all make fun of her for it," Corkum said.