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Glasoe leading Jimmies into postseason

Jamestown's Madison Wendel slams the ball across the net against Mayville's Whitney Janu Saturday during volleyball action at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

A little over two weeks ago, Haley Glasoe and the 19th-ranked University of Jamestown volleyball team let a big fish off the hook.

The Jimmies lost at home to second-ranked Viterbo University on Oct. 21, committing nine errors in an 11-5 run by the V-Hawks in a deciding fifth set. Viterbo narrowly avoided what would have been just its second loss to date.

"I think we just wanted it too much, to be honest," Glasoe said. "We had a lot invested in it and tried to do too much."

Glasoe dominated in her final home match Saturday at Harold Newman Arena. The senior middle blocker collected nine block assists and 12 kills in leading the Jimmies to a 3-0 sweep of Mayville State University.

Glasoe's 206 total blocks last season was third best in the NAIA, but she's proven herself to be an explosive dual threat. She currently sits seventh in the NAIA in hitting percentage (.381) after swinging at a clip of .706 against the Comets.

"I think it helps that we have such strong hitters all around that it's really hard for the blockers on the other side to get a solid block up on any of us," said Glasoe, who also sits sixth in the nation in blocks per set (1.3). "It just opens things up for anybody, really."

Jamestown's sweep of Mayville State was its sixth in a row against a conference opponent since falling to Viterbo. But Jamestown head coach Jon Hegerle knows this team has more potential.

"I feel good, but I don't think we're playing our best volleyball right now," Hegerle said. "But in the same token, I think we might be playing better than I think because teams are really struggling against us."

The North Star Athletic Association conference tournament begins this week in La Crosse, Wisc. The Jimmies (21-7), seeded second, have earned a bye in the quarterfinals and will play either 22nd-ranked Bellevue (26-10) or Dakota State (12-23) in the semifinals on Friday.

Viterbo (32-1), the host team and top seed, has defeated the Jimmies in back-to-back NSAA tournament championship matches. Viterbo gets either Valley City State (15-12) or Presentation (19-12) in the semifinals.

"Knowing that we can go to five sets with the No. 2 team in the nation I think proves that we are capable of beating them," Glasoe said. "Just having that confidence as we go into the tournament is big, but we're obviously going to try to come out stronger than we have been."

Jamestown 3, Mayville State 0

MS 16 13 19

UJ 25 25 25

MS leaders—Kills: Rumor Stokes 7, Cassidy Miller 6. Assists: Jana Mehus 14. Aces: Jacey Ross. Digs: TaLise Hansen 15, Jayden Warner 13, Mason Hart 8. Blocks: Miller 3, Hannah Bliss 2.

UJ—Kills: Haley Glasoe 12, Morgan Hensch 10, Jessica Velander 7, Madison Wendel 5, Isabel Wedell 5, Kennedy Conzemius 4, Julina Niemeier 1. Assists: Josie Beckman 22, Whitney King 17, Elise Peterson 2, Niemeier 1. Aces: Beckman, Niemeier, Peterson, Kori Buchanan, King, Meghan Orr. Digs: Peterson 15, Orr 13, Niemeier 9, Beckman 5, Velander 5, Hensch 4, King 2, Buchanan, Glasoe, Wedell. Blocks: Glasoe 9, Hensch 4, Wedell 3, Conzemius 3, Velander 3, Wendel 2.

Records: Jamestown 21-7, 14-2 NSAA; Mayville State 7-26, 3-13.

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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