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Century defeats Jamestown for Class A volleyball crown

Jimmies fall in five to Viterbo

Isabel Wedell1 / 2
Elise Peterson2 / 2

University of Jamestown's loss on the volleyball court Saturday was tough to swallow.

The 19th-ranked Jimmies pushed second-ranked Viterbo University to a fifth set, then nearly everything went haywire for the orange and black.

The V-Hawks earned just two points during an 11-5 run to start the decisive final frame. Attacking errors, passing errors and the kitchen sink sank the Jimmies in a 15-12 set, 3-2 match loss at Harold Newman Arena.

"That's all skill stuff and composure, and I thought we did a really good job of battling after that," University of Jamestown coach Jon Hegerle said. "It was the same thing in set 3. (Viterbo) had a good run there and it was us just not taking care of the ball on our side of the net."

The V-Hawks (26-1) and the Jimmies (15-7) traded the first two sets 25-20, 20-25, and after battling nearly all the way back from an 11-3 deficit in the third an early sign of things to come for the Jimmies was shown. Trailing the V-Hawks 20-19, a service error and an attacking error by Jamestown kicked off a 5-0 Viterbo run to end the set.

"That's just the nature of knowing we have to be aggressive in what we do, and because of that—whenever you get a little bit more aggressive—there's a little more room for risk and you make a few errors," Hegerle said. "But we easily could have thrown in the towel at that point. We went aggressively at them and put some pressure on them."

Jamestown's Madison Wendel and Kennedy Conzemius both came up with a pair of clutch kills, and Julina Niemeier sent a service ace down the sideline, as the Jimmies frantically closed the gap in set 5 to 14-12. Jamestown had dominated the fourth set 25-15.

But Viterbo's first team All-Americans connected for match point. Setter Amelia Grahn found middle Natalie Geidel for her 13th kill of the evening and it was over.

"Jamestown played well," Viterbo coach Ryan DeLong said." We hit some balls that we thought were down and they're digging up in that fifth set.

"We had a tough time closing it. It helps when you can lean on a few All-Americans, and even when you're not playing your best you can come out on top."

Sophomore right side Isabel Wedell soared for the Jimmies Saturday, collecting a team-high 12 kills. Senior libero Elise Peterson came up with 36 of Jamestown's 81 digs and Wendel ended with eight block assists.

Grahn finished with 36 assists for the V-Hawks, who moved to 4-1 in five-set matches this season. Viterbo's only falter was a 3-2 setback to Rocky Mountain College on Oct. 14.

"We know what it's like to come out every day and teams are going to give you their best shot," DeLong said. "I think the girls have handled it well."

Jamestown, 1-2 in five-set matches, travels to Presentation College (18-9) on Tuesday.

"We knew it was going to be a battle," Hegerle said. "I think we gave the crowd their money's worth today."

Viterbo University 3, University of Jamestown 2

VU 25 20 25 15 12

UJ 20 25 19 25 15

VU—Kills: Natalie Geidel 13, Aubrey Aspen 11, Maya Roberts 10, Miah Garant 7, Katie Frohmader 5, Amelia Grahn 4, Baylee Gross 1. Assists: Grahn 39, Gross 3, Chloe Jakscht 2, Aspen 1, Rachel Frankowski 1. Aces: Gabi Gomez 2, TeriLynne Budreau 1, Hannah Erickson 1. Digs: Gross 26, Frankowski 11, Grahn 10, Jakscht 9, Frohmader 7, jenna Phillips 7, Garant 5, Roberts 1, Geidel 1, Erickson 1. Blocks: Aspen 6, Geidel 3, Grahn 2, Roberts 2, Frohmader 2, Garant 2.

UJ—Kills: Isabel Wedell 12, Jessica Velander 9, Madison Wendel 9, Haley Glasoe 8, Morgan Hensch 6, Kennedy Conzemius 6, Elise Peterson 1, Josie Beckman 1. Assists: Whitney King 25, Beckman 22. Aces: King 2, Kori Buchanan 1, Peterson 1, Julina Niemeier 1. Digs: Peterson 36, Meghan Orr 11, Beckman 11, Julina Niemeier 9, Buchanan 5, King 4, Hensch 2, Glasoe 2, Peterson 1. Blocks: Wendel 9, Velander 6, Conzemius 4, Hensch 4, Glasoe 3, Wedell 1

Records: Viterbo 26-1, 10-0 NSAA; Jamestown 15-7, 8-2 NSAA.