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UJ's Peterson thinks on her feet

University of Jamestown's Elise Peterson gets a dig Friday during volleyball action against Valley City State at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
University of Jamestown's Julina Niemeier (2) and Whitney King celebrate a point scored against Valley City State during volleyball action Friday at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Elise Peterson channeled her days playing Junior Olympic volleyball to come up with Friday's play of the day at Newman Arena.

University of Jamestown's senior libero punted a volley over the net—with her foot—that would go down as a point in set 2 of the Jimmies' 3-0 sweep of visiting Valley City State University.

Peterson said she accomplished a similar play at a JO tournament during her days at Kasson-Mantorville High School in Minn.

"I wasn't really ready, so I was kinda standing straight up," Peterson said of Friday's boot. "Bad form, I know. But I was like, 'Nobody's gonna go for it,' so I just kicked my foot up."

The play tied the second set at 1-1. Jimmie head coach Jon Hegerle has coached a lot of volleyball over the years, but said he couldn't recall a former player pulling off a similar feet ... er, feat.

"I don't think that I have," said Hegerle, in his ninth season coaching the Jimmies. "We've had players do that against us, and it's certainly not the way we teach them.

"At least she used all of her faculties to say, 'Hey, it's there. My foot's there. Do something.'"

Jamestown got off to a second sluggish start in two matches. But the Vikings shot themselves in the foot in the opening set, committing 10 errors down the stretch after battling the Jimmies to a 10-10 tie early.

Jamestown trailed Dickinson State 23-19 at home Tuesday in the first set before rallying to win 26-24 in a sweep of the Blue Hawks.

"I thought we were really flat and we didn't take care of things in that first set, and I kinda got on our players," Hegerle said. "We compete so much harder in practice, and it's two nights in a row."

Jamestown trailed by two points (12-14) midway through the second. But five kills by senior Morgan Hensch on the outside, including a pair of absolute missiles into Valley City's back-row, got the Jimmies rolling in a 25-15 victory.

Hensch finished with a match-high 14 kills. The Vikings committed back-to-back attacking errors to start the third, helping the Jimmies win the first six points of the final frame.

Jamestown never looked back, winning 25-14. Peterson finished with a match-high 15 digs.

Jamestown plays Mayville State University (6-25) tonight at 7 p.m. in the final home match of the season for the Jimmies.

"We're just really excited," Peterson said. "So pumped to get to play one more game in the Newman."

"Just like the other night," Hegerle added. "We slowly got into our groove and we took off from there."

Jamestown 3, Valley City 0

VC 20 15 14

UJ 25 25 25

VC leaders—Kills: Megan Johnson 8, Paige Benson 6, Clarissa Olson 5. Assists: Leah Ruter 15, Rowan Garcia 9. Aces: Ruter 1, Hailie Wilds 1. Digs: Wilds 9, Polette Medina 8, Charlotte Huschka 7.

UJ—Kills: Morgan Hensch 13, Haley Glasoe 5, Kennedy Conzemius 5, Isabel Wedell 4, Jessica Velander 4, Madison Wendel 4, Jordan Thomas 2, Josie Beckman 1. Assists: Beckman 14, Whitney King 14. Aces: Julina Niemeier 2, Meghan Orr 1, King 1, Kori Buchanan 1, Peterson 1, Beckman 1. Digs: Peterson 15, Niemeier 12, Beckman 7, Orr 5, Velander 3, Britta Knudson 2, Miranda Lowman 1. Blocks: Wendel 4, Hensch 2, Wedell 1, Conzemius 1.

Records: Jamestown 20-7, 13-2 NSAA; Valley City State 14-12, 8-7 NSAA.

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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