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LaMoure has played in its fair share of high-intensity matches. The Loboes will be leaning on that experience tonight against Oakes in the semifinals of the Region 3 volleyball tournament in Ellendale. The defending region and Class B state champions passed the first test on Monday, sweeping Linton-HMB 3-0 in the quarterfinals. "I felt like it was an OK start, but we'll need to bring a little bit more fire (today)," LaMoure coach Laurie Good said. "What I feel we bring to the table is experience in high-pressure situations, and we're hoping that carries us through."
Hitting, serving, defending. It was all on display Saturday at the Hansen Center. University of Jamestown played worthy of a top 25 program, never allowing visiting Valley City State University much of a chance on senior night. Senior right-side hitter Kaitlin Anderson was one of the sharpest. Her seven kills and attacking percentage of .500 helped the Jimmies dominate the Vikings 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a match the Jimmies swung .452 as a team.
Siri Jystad is a volleyball player who knows the meaning of hard work. It was required of her to be able to fulfill the integral role she's grown into during her senior campaign with the University of Jamestown Jimmies. Jystad, along with seniors Elise Peterson, Aubrey Beaumont, Nicole Warren, Kaitlin Anderson, and Heather Bachman, will be recognized prior to the team's final home match today at 3 p.m. against Valley City State University.
MONANGO, N.D.—In the shadow of a decades-old softball backstop Tuesday, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm was preparing for this weekend's semifinals of the North Dakota Class A high school football playoffs. It's been here, roughly halfway between the communities of Ellendale and Edgeley on U.S. Highway 281, where the former 9-man rivals have grown as one over the past four seasons. E-E-K Thunder coach Jon Schiele probably put it best when he said, "Usually when they're in jerseys they're standing eye-to-eye. But here, they stand side-by-side."
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.