Alex Nowka, a sophomore goalkeeper for the University of Jamestown women's soccer team, was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon.

Nowka made seven saves last Thursday in the Jimmies' 2-1 win over Midland University (Neb.) at Jimmie the turf field. The GPAC opener showcased the two top-ranked teams in the 2020 GPAC Coaches' Preseason Poll. UJ ended a five-game winless streak against the No. 1 ranked Warriors.

UJ now stands at 3-0 and 1-0 in the GPAC. Nowka is currently ranked sixth in the NAIA in total saves with 21 and 22nd in saves per game (7). The sophomore sits 27th in goals-against average with 0.67.

The Jimmies are at Hastings College (Neb.) on Thursday and Doane University (Neb.) on Saturday.

Patriots on top of Class A

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Bismarck Century still leads the rest of the Class A volleyball teams in the latest media rankings released Tuesday.

Century remains as the only undefeated team in either region while Jamestown is in second with a record of 5-1. The Pats defeated the Jays in five sets on Sept. 15 and still hold 13 of 14 first-place votes.

West Fargo leads the Eastern Dakota Conference at 8-1 to land in the third spot while Bismarck Legacy (5-1) and West Fargo Sheyenne (7-4) round out the top-five.

NDAPSSA H.S. Volleyball Polls

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

Fourth poll

CLASS A

Team Rec. Pts.

1. Century (13) 5-0 65

2. Jamestown 5-1 49

3. West Fargo 8-1 41

4. Legacy 5-1 24

5. WF Sheyenne 7-4 12

Others Receiving Votes (RV): Fargo Davies (7-4) 3, Mandan (3-1) 1.



CLASS B

Team Rec. Pts.

1. Thompson (12) 6-0 128

2. Linton-HMB (1) 5-0 112

3. Oakes 5-0 105

4. Northern Cass 6-0 91

5. Dickinson Trinity 6-0 79

6. Rugby 6-1 56

7. Langdon/Edmore/Munich 3-2 55

8. Carrington 5-2 22

9. Beulah 5-0 16

10. Grafton 3-2 13

Others Receiving Votes (RV): Flasher (7-0) 12, Kindred (2-0) 12, North Star (3-1) 8, Richland (4-0) 5, Heart River (5-1) 1.

Kidder County sweeps New Salem

The Wolves got a sweep in their home gym Monday. Kidder County blew past New Salem 25-20, 25-14, 25-9 to improve to 3-2 in the Region 3, District 6 standings. The Wolves will host winless EKM (0-5) on Thursday.

New Salem hosted Wilton-Wing (5-1) on Tuesday. Final scores were unavailable when the Jamestown Sun went to press.

Avery Rath and Kennedy Harter kept Marlee Bittner and the rest of the New Salem defense busy Monday night.

The duo combined for 12 kills and three rejections at the net. Josie Braun, setter Allison Dutton and Hailey Pfaff added seven more hits to the Wolves' kill totals. Madelyn Schmidt also added a kill but was mostly busy patrolling the back three. The libero popped up 18 balls while Pfaff led the Wolves with 19 balls saved.

Schmidt led Kidder County from the back line sending six unpassable balls over the net. Bittner tallied 22 digs for New Salem.

Kidder County 3, New Salem 0

NS 20 14 9

KC 25 25 25

NS -- Kills: Kendyl Hoger 6, MacKenzie Brandt 3, Addison Emineth 2, Emily Morman 2, Hannah Thiel 1. Assists: Thiel 5, Hallie Meier 4. Digs: Marlee Bittner 22, Hoger 9, Raegan Adams 6, Morman 5, Meier 5, Thiel 4, Brandt 4. Aces: Brandt 3, Bittner 1, Morman 1.

KC -- Kills: Avery Rath 6, Kennedy Harter 6, Josie Braun 3, Allison Dutton 2, Hailey Pfaff 2, Kylee Rohrich 1. Assists: Dutton 11, Rath 5, Braun 1, Svanes 1, Madelyn Schmidt 1. Digs: Schmidt 18, Pfaff 19, Harter 9, Rath 8, Dutton 4, Rohrich 4, Braun 3, Grace Nicolson 1. Aces: Schmidt 6, Rath 2, Harter 1, Pfaff 1. Blocks: Harter 2, Pfaff 1, Braun 1.