Jackman leads Jimmies All-Americans with first team nod
Jackman is the first Jimmie in program history to be named to the NAIA All-American first team.
The University of Jamestown finished its season with a 20-6 record, and a No. 5 national ranking. As a result, the NAIA has named three Jimmies All-Americans: Samuel Jackman to the first team, Tanner Woods to the second team, and Korben Phillips and Braden Neumann as honorable mentions.
Jackman is the first Jimmie to be named to the NAIA All-American first team. This season, Jackman led the team with 301 kills, had 23 aces, six assists and a kill percentage of .281.
“It feels good,” Jackman said of the honor. “It’s a nice way to cap off the season, it’s disappointing that we lost to Grand View, but it's a nice way to commend my effort for the year. So, it feels good.”
This is Woods’ second consecutive season being honored as well after being an honorable mention for the 2020-21 season. This season Woods was second on the team for kills with 212, with 35 aces and 12 assists.
This is Phillips and Neumann’s first time being recognized by the NAIA as All-Americans.
“They’re the kind of guys that you’ll never forget,” Jimmies head coach Travers Cox said. “This team was put together by Riley Salmon and these guys bonded in a way that they’ll never forget. This is a memorable group, a memorable season and it’s just highlighted with these accomplishments that they all have earned. It’s pretty impressive.”
This season, the Jimmies had two players move up from where they were honored in the 2020-21 season, with Jackman going from the second team to the first team and Woods going from an honorable mention to the second team.
“It means the world, one of the biggest goals I had coming into college last year was obviously winning the national championship,” Woods said. “Second on that list was making All-American as a freshman and I made honorable mention last year and I got what I wanted. It wasn’t everything that I wanted and I wanted to take a step up this year and sure enough I did.”
Despite the accomplishments, Jackman said he is disappointed to fall short of his ultimate individual goal of being named the national player of the year.
“I thought if I had a high enough percentage I’d be able to scoop it," Jackman said. "But Fransisco Arredondo, he and I, we go a little ways back and he’s a great player. I commend him for getting that accolade, he’s talented, he’s strong, he moves the ball around like it’s nothing. But no, honestly, my goal was to take player of the year and I thought it was in grasps, but oh well.”
As he looks back on the season, Cox said he felt like the season flew by with the team being on a roller-coaster ride the entire season.
“It’s been a journey that I won’t soon forget,” Cox said. “ I won’t forget these guys. I won’t forget any of the guys on the team anytime soon. It’s a season of seasons for me.”