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Jimmies on a roll

Julina Niemeier

The 19th-ranked Jimmie volleyball team kept rolling Saturday in Madison, S.D.

University of Jamestown stung Dakota State University 25-18, 25-12, 25-19, notching a third straight North Star Athletic Association conference road sweep in as many matches.

"We did a nice job of playing consistently good volleyball all around," Jimmie volleyball coach Jon Hegerle said. "We got a lot of players in, and our middles, rights and lefts all did a really nice job."

An efficient offensive was led by Morgan Hensch (8 kills), Isabel Wedell (8) and Madison Wendel (7). Setters Josie Beckman (16) and Whitney King (15) combined for 31 assists and helped the attackers team up to produce a hitting percentage of .284.

Jimmie defensive specialist Julina Niemier led the back row with 14 digs.

"We always struggle at this place, so it was nice to keep a lot of pressure on them and play at a high level for most of the match," Hegerle said.

The Jimmies (18-7, 11-2 NSAA) wrap up the regular season this week with three conference matches at Harold Newman Arena. Jamestown will host Dickinson State (6-15, 4-9) on Tuesday, before inviting Valley City State (13-11, 7-6 NSAA) and Mayville State (6-24, 2-11) to town on Friday and Saturday.

"A 20-win season is always a great milestone to shoot for, and it's one of our goals," Hegerle said. "It would put us in nice position going into the conference tournament and the national tournament."

Jamestown 3, Dakota State 0

UJ 25 25 25

DS 18 12 19

Jimmie statistics

Kills: Morgan Hensch 8, Isabel Wedell 8, Madison Wendel 7, Jessica Velander 5, Haley Glasoe 5, Kennedy Conzemius 3, Jordan Thomas 2, Britta Knudson 2. Assists: Josie Beckman 16, Whitney King 15, Miranda Lowman 2, Elise Peterson 2. Aces: King 2, Wedell 1, Peterson 1, Julina Niemeier 1, Kori Buchanan 1. Digs: Niemeier 14, Peterson 12, King 6, Meghan Orr 5, Hensch 5, Beckman 4, Buchanan 2, Velander 1, Glasoe 1. Blocks: Wendel 3, Knudson 2, Glasoe 2, Hensch 2, Conzemius 1.

Records: Jamestown 18-7, 11-2 NSAA; Dakota State 10-22, 4-9.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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