Short and sweet: Jimmies cruise by Blue HawksDue to a slow patch in the schedule, the Jimmies have not been on the court much of late against anyone other than themselves. And when they do get on the floor against another team, it doesn’t last very long.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Due to a slow patch in the schedule, the Jimmies have not been on the court much of late against anyone other than themselves.
And when they do get on the floor against another team, it doesn’t last very long.
Jamestown College improved to 10-2 on the season with a 3-0 dispatching of Dickinson State on Tuesday night in a 65-minute match.
“We were actually sharper (tonight) than our first home match,” JC coach Jon Hegerle said. “We talk a lot about building momentum through the season. … And I thought even though we haven’t played in 13 days, we’ve been competing hard in practice and have made the necessary progress we’ve needed to.”
Dickinson State (2-10) did fight hard, but were overmatched. It’s been a rollercoaster 24 hours for the once-proud DSU volleyball program. Just hours before they were to leave for Jamestown, head coach Maura Bronte resigned, effective immediately. That left Jennifer Hartman in charge. Hartman, a former DSU player, has not yet graduated, although Hegerle was impressed with what he saw of the young coach.
“You can tell the players on that team care deeply for her. They played extremely hard and were very competitive,” Hegerle said. “She (Hartman) is an outstanding young lady. It’s a tough deal, but you hope everything works out OK for them.”
The Jimmies didn’t show much mercy, however, to their former conference mates.
They didn’t allow Dickinson State to reach 20 in any of the three sets.
Katie Zent, who is from western North Dakota, wasn’t surprised by how crisp her team was.
“We practice pretty hard,” said the hard-hitting senior from Lefor, N.D. “Not playing a lot lately just makes us more eager. … We expect to play well. It was fun.”
Zent and Alaina Brown each had 7 kills for the Jimmies, trailing Sarah Becker’s team-leading 11. It was a typically balanced attack for the Jimmies.
“We know teams are going to come after us,” the smiling Zent said. “That adds some extra intensity, but we have competitive girls. We feed off of that.”
The Jimmies also served tough, especially in the middle portion of the match. Seven different players had aces. Defensively, Kaitlyn Rogalla had four blocks and Katie Lee turned up 15 digs.
The Jimmies have a busy weekend looming with four matches in two days in Madison, S.D. They take on Valley City State and South Dakota Mines on Friday and Ashford and Mayville State on Saturday at the A.I.I. Jamboree.
Jamestown College 3, Dickinson State 0
Blue Hawks 19 13 17
Jimmies 25 25 25
Jamestown College statistics
Kelsey Deragisch: 1 kill, 15 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs.
Alaina Brown: 7 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 13 digs, 2 blocks.
Kaitlyn Rogalla: 6 kills, 4 blocks.
Janna Johnson: 5 kills, 1 block.
Katie Zent: 7 kills, 1 ace, 2 digs, 1 block.
Emilee Schutta: 2 kills, 1 ace, 3 digs.
Katie Lee: 3 assists, 1 ace, 15 digs.
Beth Segerholm: 1 ace, 2 digs.
Kaia Buck: 18 assists, 3 digs.
Alex Hanson: 1 kill, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Sarah Becker: 11 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs, 3 blocks.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org