Jamestown High School and Fargo Shanley both came into Friday's Class A volleyball state tournament consolation round in practically the same boat.
The Blue Jays lost a five-set match to West Fargo during Thursday's quarterfinals in a lengthy 2 hours, 4 minutes. The Deacons lost to Mandan in a similar five frames.
But it was Shanley getting the better of Jamestown in five sets on day 2, winning 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-10 at the Minot State Dome. The Blue Jays (20-14) play Bismarck High (26-12) for seventh today at 11 a.m., while the Deacons (22-11) take on West Fargo Sheyenne (24-12) for fifth.
"In the fifth set I joked with my seniors and said, 'I know what you're trying to do. You're trying to milk it and play as much volleyball as possible,'" said Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle. "It seemed like they wanted to prolong their season.
"But the kids played competitive and it was a fun to compete against another high-level team."
Jamestown sophomore Ella Roaldson tied the final set up at 9-9 with one of her 12 kills, but a 5-0 Shanley run made the difference. It began with a Blue Jay service error, and ended with the second of two Grace Meier kills for Shanley. The Deacons' Reile Payne ended the match with a kill two points later.
"It's only our third five-set match and the first was the beginning of the season," Hegerle said. "It showed the kids are learning to battle and not fold after three."
Shanley's up-and-down hitting was the difference all afternoon. The Deacons scored 17 kills off 32 attempts (.438 hitting percentage) to control the first set and win 25-17.
"They don't make many mistakes and they have a good setter (Jordyn Stroup)," Hegerle said. "They're a good team just like we are. I don't really look at the numbers because they don't show the good things that happened."
The second frame was the worst for Shanley as it scored 12 kills on 45 attempts and nine errors (.065). The Blue Jays separated themselves at 9-5 and steadily took set 2 by a score of 25-19.
"We hit well and passed well," Hegerle said. "We have to beat teams with serving and passing, and it flipped-flopped all match."
Jamestown fell behind in the third set at 4-3 and Shanley used 12 kills to once again pull ahead in the match 2-1. The Blue Jays' Jessa Anderson broke a 22-all tie with a kill in the fourth set. Grace Hegerle and Abby Kallenbach both found the floor, sending the match to a fifth frame.
"The points in between were exciting," Hegerle said. "Matches like that you have to play your heart out and hope for the best."
Courtney Peterson scored a team-high 18 kills and junior setter Kameron Selvig posted 43 assists. Peterson also led Jamestown with 20 digs, while Grace Hegerle tallied 17.
Meier posted a match-high 21 kills, followed by Lander Friederichs (17) and Payne (15). Stroup, a senior setter, had 54 assists in the win.
The Blue Jays have only taken one set from the Demons, today's opponent, in two tries. Bismarck High won 3-1 back on Sept. 27 and 3-0 during the opening round of the West Region tournament on Nov. 8.
"It'll take awhile to get past Shanley and we haven't thought about Bismarck High yet," Hegerle said Friday evening. "But I think these kids want to redeem themselves from the WDA tournament."
Fargo Shanley 3, Jamestown 2
FS 25 19 25 23 15
JHS 17 25 18 25 10
FS-Grace Meier 21, Lander Friederichs 17, Reile Payne 15, Kathryn Olson 6, Hadley Huber 3. Assists: Jordyn Stroup 54. Digs: Hailey Giauque 13, Haley Klieman 12, Stroup 12, Olivia Manuel 12, Grace Meier 10. Aces: Giauque 5, Klieman 2.
JHS-Kills: Courtney Peterson 18, Ella Roaldson 12, Abby Kallenbach 7, Grace Hegerle 5, Jessa Anderson 3. Assists: Kameron Selvig 43. Digs: Peterson 20, Hegerle 17, Rachel Schiele 13. Aces: Selvig 3, Hegerle 3, Kallenbach 2, Peterson.
Records: Jamestown 20-14. Fargo Shanley 22-11.