ORANGE CITY, IA-- The second-ranked University of Jamestown women's volleyball team remained unbeaten with a five-set victory over No. 8 Northwestern (Iowa) College Friday night in the Jimmies' GPAC conference opener.
It took five sets, but the Jimmies ran their record to 10-0 with a road win against the Red Raiders. Friday's victory was the first in eight tries for Jamestown in Orange City dating back to 2010, and the third in the last four meetings overall.
After the teams split the first two sets, Northwestern pulled ahead with a 25-23 win in the third set, which featured 13 ties and five different lead changes.
With their backs against the wall in the fourth set, Jamestown mounted a comeback after falling behind 15-13. Seven of the next eight points went the way of the Jimmies, and Northwestern was only able to get as close as 20-17 down the stretch.
The Raiders raced out to a 5-1 lead in the final set, but UJ continued to hang around. Trailing 10-7, Jamestown rattled off six straight points for a 13-10 edge. A Jayla Ritter kill clinched the match for the Jimmies.
Anna Holen led the Jimmie offense with 15 kills, followed by Corina Huff with 14, while Taylor Sabinash and Kalli Hegerle both had 11. Huff hit .435 on 23 attempts, and Ritter hit .286 on 21 attempts. Megan Gaffaney and Jackie Meiklejohn each passed out 28 assists as UJ finished with an overall hitting percentage of .233, compared to Northwestern's .150.
Ellie Holen had a team-best 24 digs while Holen and Hannah Schiele were also in double figures putting 16 and 15 balls put into play. Ritter had five solo blocks among her seven total, and Sabinash added five stops at the net.
After going the distance with eighth-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) College an evening before, the Jimmies took care of the Mustangs in three sets Saturday. UJ won its seventh straight match against Morningside and is now 9-3 in the last 12 meetings dating back to 2007.
Set one featured 11 ties and four lead changes as Jamestown came away with a 25-23 win. The final two sets had only two ties and one lead change combined with the Jimmies maintaining control in closing out the victory.
Hegerle put down 14 kills in 26 attempts without an error, hitting .538 for the match. Sabinash added eight kills and hit .462, while Holen, Ritter and Huff each finished with seven kills.
Meiklejohn and Gaffaney combined for 39 assists helping UJ hit .306 for the match.
Ellie anchored left-back with 22 digs while Holen helped the Jimmies dig up 13 balls. Huff had three total blocks and Sabinash had two.
(2) University of Jamestown 3, (8) Northwestern College 2
UJ 25 23 23 25 15
N 19 25 25 17 12
Records: UJ 10-0, 1-0 GPAC; Northwestern 8-2, 1-1 GPAC
(2) University of Jamestown 3, Morningside (Iowa) 0
UJ 25 25 25
M 23 19 17
Records: UJ 11-0, 2-0 GPAC; Morningside 8-8, 1-3 GPAC
Men's soccer picks up first win of the season
Diego Valle scored twice to help lead the University of Jamestown men's soccer team to its first win of the season, a 5-0 shutout of University of Providence (Mont.)
UJ faced and fell 1-0 to Rocky Mountain College on Sunday.
Valle's two first-half goals, in the 11th and 28th minutes, staked the Jimmies to a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes of play. UJ had eight shots overall, four on target, in the first half, while the Argos had two shots and one on target.
Frankie Parkinson made it 3-0 in the 49th minute, then Daigo Adachi (54th) and Alex Aco-Hernandez (57th) scored two minutes and forty seconds apart, putting Jamestown ahead by five.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Hamer made three saves for the Jimmies.
On the women's side, six different players scored Saturday for the University of Jamestown women's soccer team in a 6-0 win over University of Providence (Mont.), the 100th win in the career of Jimmie head coach Nick Becker.
The Jimmies improved to 5-0-0 on the season defeating Rocky Mountain (Mont.) College on Sunday.
Jamestown led 3-0 at the half after goals by Chloe Andrews in the 3rd minute, Sophie McClean in the 18th minute, and Peyton Rudnick in the 33rd minute. Cassandra Diaz had the assist on the Andrews goal, which ended up as the game-winner.
UJ's defense did not allow a shot and conceded just one corner kick in the first half. Providence (0-3-0) did not register their first shot until the 54th minute when Taylor Ward's attempt went high.
Alex Nowka made her only save in the 67th minute, turning away a shot by Violet Johnson.
Diaz helped set up the opening goal of the second half, scored by Briana Perry in the 48th minute to make it 4-0 Jimmies. Kamryn Fiscus extended the lead to 5-0 with a goal in the 52nd minute, and Claire Struble rounded out the scoring in the 65th minute.
Fourteen of Jamestown's 15 shots were on target. Argo goalkeeper Justine Humphry ended with eight saves.
Golf among top-finishers in Iowa
Izzy Marchino tied for first-place and the University of Jamestown women's golf team finished second at the Klocke Family Classic, which concluded Sunday at the par-72, 5807-yard Hunter's Ridge Golf Course in Marion, Iowa.
Marchino finished at 19-over 163 (83-80) to tie for the top spot with Mount Mercy University's Breanna Feldeman (83-80). The duo finished one shot ahead of St. Ambrose's Maitlyn Sanders and two shots ahead of Waldorf's Amanda Karvala.
Both the women's and men's Jimmie teams are slated to be back in action next Sunday and Monday at the Minnesota State-Fergus Falls Invite, which will be played at Pebble Lake Golf Course.
The Jimmies shot 58-over 346 on Sunday for a two-round score of 107-over 683 (337-346). Mount Mercy was one shot better at 106-over 682 (338-344).
Faith Justesen came in seventh at 29-over 173 (85-88), while Kyra Vogel (88-87) and Jayme Carlson (84-91) tied for ninth at 31-over 175. Haley Malone was 13th at 33-over 177 (89-88).
Coley Olson was 23rd at 43-over 187 (93-94) and Teagan Fee 26th at 44-over 188 (93-95), both playing individually.
The University of Jamestown men's golf team improved by ten shots from Saturday to Sunday, finishing fourth out of 15 teams at the Klocke Family Classic, hosted by Mount Mercy University at the par-72, 6527-yard Hunter's Ridge Golf Course.
The Jimmies finished with a team score of 12-over 300 Sunday, and ended the tournament at 34-over 610 (300-310), finishing 10 shots back of Mount Mercy University. Kirkwood CC shot an overall 8-under 568 (280-288) to win the team title.
Gehrig Geiss, playing as an individual, had the top score for Jamestown golfers, tying for seventh at 3-over 147 (74-73). Treyton Forsman also playing individually, tied for 33rd at 12-over 156 (76-80).
Max Noffsinger led the Jimmie team at 4-over 148 (74-74) to tie for ninth. Tomas Garcia was 19th at 8-over 152 (77-75), Benjamin Schaefer tied for 28th at 10-over 154 (80-74), while Tate Olson (79-80) and Jackson Worner (82-77) tied for 44th at 15-over 159.
JD Pollard of Kirkwood CC took top honors with a score of 9-under 135 (66-69).