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Medina-Pingree-Buchanan has a shot at revenge tonight on the volleyball court in Ashley. The Thunder will face South Border on its home court in the championship match of the District 6 tournament. It's a rematch of last year's title tilt, which South Border won 3-2. "We need to be on our best defensive game, have good serve-receive passes, cover and get a touch on hits when we are blocking to slow the ball down," M-P-B coach Jacie Connell said. "We need to keep our intensity throughout the whole game and play every point like it's for the win."
Sara Hegerle and the Blue Jays were looking at the big picture following Tuesday's loss at Bismarck Century. Jamestown High School ended its volleyball regular season falling 3-0 to the conference champion Patriots. But the Jays entered the match having won five straight in the West Region, placing the team in great position to get back to the state volleyball tournament for a fourth time in five seasons.
Another bus ride resulted in yet another win on Saturday for Jamestown High School's volleyball team. A swift 3-0 dispatch of the Majettes in Minot kept the Blue Jays' perfect conference road record intact. Jamestown moved to 8-0 on the road in the West Region with one regular-season match left to play. The Blue Jays travel to face conference champion Bismarck Century on Tuesday.
Lauren Sayler didn't want to hog the credit after her sterling performance on Saturday against Viterbo University. University of Jamestown's sophomore goalkeeper preferred to put the team first. The visiting V-Hawks centered 10 shots on goal and Sayler stopped every one of them at Jamestown's turf field. It was a key match to come up clutch, as the effort helped cap a record-breaking regular season for the Jimmies with a 1-0 victory.
Jedd Sugden enjoys playing collegiate soccer on the opposite side of the globe. The sophomore midfielder from Toowoomba, Australia, is one of 18 international players on University of Jamestown's 30-man roster. His third goal of the season opened the scoring against Viterbo University on Saturday, helping the Jimmies end the regular season with a 3-1 win over the V-Hawks on Jamestown's turf field. "I tell you what. It's a great program here, so it's the place to be," Sugden smiled shortly after the victory. "Having a blast."
The Bruins enacted a little revenge on the Jimmies Friday night in Bellevue, Neb. No. 21-ranked Bellevue University stung 20th-ranked University of Jamestown 3-1 on the volleyball court, after the Jimmies handed the Bruins a 3-2 defeat at the Hansen Center back on Sept. 30. It was a true team effort by the Bruins. Pakalana Helekahi, Shayla Scanlan, Hope Lambrecht and Michaela Gardner all posted 10 kills in the match for the home team, as Bellevue held Jamestown to .138 hitting as a team.
Sara Hegerle was critical of her team's play at the service line on Friday in Williston. Jamestown High School played well enough to sweep the Coyotes 3-0, but a team that has aspirations of a deep postseason run wasn't as crisp as the head coach would like. Jamestown put just 86 percent of its serves in play en route to rolling 25-10, 25-16, 25-16. The Blue Jays continue the team's weekend road trip today at Minot High.
University of Jamestown head volleyball coach Jon Hegerle spoke highly Thursday night of Dordt College's Brooke Granstra The 5-foot-11 senior hit .424 in racking up 16 kills in three games against the Jimmies in Sioux Center, Iowa. Granstra's effort helped the 10th-ranked Defenders sweep the 20th-ranked Jimmies by the scores of 25-23, 25-15, 25-23. "She was unbelievable," Hegerle said of Granstra. "We haven't seen a player that dynamic this season."
It would've been easy for Bailey Lamp to sulk over the abrupt ending to her volleyball career. The Jamestown High School senior suffered the trifecta of knee injuries during the Blue Jays' first conference match of the season, with tears to her right ACL, MCL and meniscus. But on a night Jamestown's outside hitters stood tall, the former outside hitter was still a part of the ride. Lamp, as she has all season, supported her team from the sideline during a 3-0 sweep of visiting Mandan on Tuesday during senior night.
PINGREE—Halle Uehran's team won Monday night, but the 6-foot-3 standout middle hitter had nothing but praise for the once unbeaten Carrington Cardinals. Uehran slammed home 19 kills for Medina-Pingree-Buchanan inside a packed Pingree-Buchanan High School gymnasium—three down the stretch in the deciding fifth game—as the Thunder dealt the Cardinals their first loss of the season: 25-21, 25-19, 13-25, 17-25, 15-13. "They're an awesome team, and I give them so much credit," Uehran said. "The last two sets we were down, so we just needed to gain the intensity.