LOCAL ROUNDUP: Jays sweep road trip
The Jamestown High School volleyball team is beginning to catch fire after a 2-0 road trip this weekend in the northwest region of North Dakota.
The Blue Jays scored 3-0 victories over Watford City Friday night (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) and Williston Saturday afternoon (25-20, 25-12, 25-8) to improve to 3-1 on the year. Jamestown hasn’t dropped a set besides a five-set loss to Bismarck Legacy on Aug. 28.
“We had some bumps in both matches but we’re moving in the right direction,” said Blue Jay coach Sara Hegerle. “Both teams were scrappy and gave us a good fight. Every time we take the floor we want a challenge.”
Courtney Peterson combined for 20 kills during the two games and Grace Hegerle totaled 14. Overall, the coach liked how her team was hitting, after having more errors than kills against Legacy.
“All of them have improved their hitting efficiency,” Hegerle said. “When we played Bismarck Legacy we were in the negative, which you can’t have.”
The passing continues to be a work in progress throughout the first four matches of the season, but setter Kameron Selvig continued to improve with 44 assists over the weekend.
“We struggled a little bit in our passing game,” Hegerle admitted. “Our serve-recieve play has to be better for success, but we steered the ship in the right direction when we needed to. We won’t focus on the negatives because that would tear us apart.”
“Overall, it’s getting better. We’re not perfect and might not ever be, but the future is bright.”
Next up for Jamestown will be a rematch of the Class A state title game against Bismarck Century (6-3) Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. inside Jerry Meyer Arena. The Patriots prevailed over the Blue Jays 3-2 (27-25, 25-18, 26-28, 24-26, 15-10) in the championship on Nov. 18 of last year.
“That will be a tough match but our kids are looking forward to it, after feeling a sense of accomplishment this weekend,” Hegerle said. “Our kids didn’t forget what happened, they were all there. It’s such a great rivalry because they are such good competitors.
“It’ll be a great environment with all the community members rocking Jerry Meyer Arena,” she added. “It’s my favorite match of the year.”FridayJamestown 3, Watford City 0JHS 25 25 25WC 18 20 17
The 25th-ranked University of Jamestown volleyball team was cruising through its first six games of the season, including knocking off 23rd-ranked Ottawa University in five sets Friday night. But Central Methodist University became too much for the Jimmies on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles upset Jamestown 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-15) during the final day of the Sarpy County Tourism Labor Day Classic in Bellevue, Neb. The Jimmies are now 6-1, while Central Methodist is 9-1.
Jamestown was the more aggressive team throughout the non-conference contest with 132 total attacks, compared to the Eagles’ 116. But 21 errors for the Jimmies became the difference in the match.
LaMoure’s Anna Holen had a team-high eight kills, while Ellendale’s Isabel Wedell, Corina Ruud and Kennedy Conzemius each tallied five. Jamestown’s Julina Niemeier once again led in digs with 17.
The Jimmies will kickoff Great Plains Athletic Conference play against undefeated Dakota Wesleyan (9-0) Tuesday on the road at 6:30 p.m.Central Methodist University 3, University of Jamestown 0UJ 14 17 15CMU 25 25 25Jimmie highlightsKills: Anna Holen 8, Isabel Wedell 5, Corina Ruud 5, Kennedy Conzemius 5, Britta Knudson 3. Assists: Miranda Lowman 10, Jackie Meiklejohn 9, Megan Gaffaney 3. Digs: Niemeier 17, Sydney Ellingson 8, Lowman 6, Meiklejohn 4, Meghan Orr 4, Holen 3, Britta Knudson 2.Records: Jamestown 6-1, Central Methodist 9-1.Jimmie golf finishes second
All six University of Jamestown women’s golfers competing placed in the top 10 of the Twin Ports Collegiate to pace the Jimmies to a second-place finish (687) at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior, Wis. St. Scholastica won the event over Jamestown by six strokes.
The Saints’ Kylie Slavin defeated Jamestown sophomore Paige Argent on the second playoff hole to win the event. Argent finished with a two-day total of 162. Freshman Amber Domres rounded out the top five with a 175.
Jamestown will head to Billings, Mont. for the Montana State University Billings Yellow Jacket Invite on Sept. 10-11.Twin Ports CollegiateNemadji Golf Course, Superior (Wis.)Team scores1. St. Scholastica 349-332--681; 2. University of Jamestown 346-341--687; 3. University of Wisconsin Superior-Black 398-406--804; 4. Bethany Lutheran 436-440--876; 5. Northland 490-504--994; 6. University of Wisconsin Superior-Yellow 509-501--1,010.Top 10 individual1. Kylie Slavin, SS, 81-81--162; 2. Paige Argent, J, 82-80--162; 3. Hannah Johnson, SS, 83-86--169; 4. Kristen Lilya, SS, 93-80--173; 5. Amber Domres, J, 84-91--175; 6. Jenna Knutson, J, 90-86--176; 7. Hannah Cornwell, SS, 92-85--177; T8. Sarah Azure, J, 89-90--179; T8. Lexi Piatz, J, 85-94--179; 10. Izzy Marchino, J, 95-85--180. Jimmie team score(681): Paige Argent 82-80--162; Amber Domres 84-91--175; Jenna Knutson 90-86--176; Sarah Azure 89-90--179; Lexi Piatz 85-94--179; Izzy Marchino 95-85--180.