Jimmies earn hard fought sweep over Morningside
The Jimmies held the Mustangs to 26 kills in the win.
The University of Jamestown hosted Morningside University and continued their winning streak with a sweep over the Mustangs (25-12, 25-19, 25-15) on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Harold Newman Arena. Despite the sweep and the margin of victory in each set, the Jimmies had to battle to beat the Mustangs.
“We have some veteran players that have been around the block and usually what happens at that point is they pick it up and they start making some plays,” Jimmies head coach Jon Hegerle said. “They do that and plus they figure out what the other team is doing a little bit better.”
The Jimmies (13-1, 2-0) opened the first set on a huge run taking an 11-3 lead before the Mustangs went on a 5-2 run to cut the deficit to 13-8. The Jimmies responded with a kill from Aleah Zieske to make it 14-8. That started a Jimmies run that saw them stretch the lead out to 16-8 before the Mustangs (4-10, 1-2) ended the run with a kill to make it 16-9. The momentum did not stay with the Mustangs for very long as they turned on the afterburners punctuated by a kill from Darriene Johnson to make it 20-9. From there the Jimmies put the set away in a sequence that saw the return shot from the Mustangs ruled out of bounds to give the Jimmies the 25-12 first set win.
The second set was significantly more competitive than the first with the Mustangs getting their first real lead of the day at 5-4. The Jimmies again turned to Johnson to put an end to the run as she got a kill to tie the setup at six. The Mustangs took a 9-8 lead before the Jimmies went on a 7-3 run to take a 15-12 lead to draw a Mustangs timeout. Out of the timeout, the Mustangs went on a run to bring the deficit to 16-15. The Jimmies stretched the lead out on a kill from Aleah Zieske to make it 17-15. The Jimmies kept the pressure on finishing the set on a 8-4 run to get a 25-19 second set win.
The Jimmies struggled with communication early in the third set as Grace and Kalli Hegerle came together to allow the Mustangs to take a 2-1 lead. Later in the set, Zieske would fire a missile off the Mustangs’ Aureana Bernales to give her team a 7-5 lead. After the teams traded points to make the third set sit at 14-14, the Jimmies would go on a 5-1 run to make it 19-15 and draw another Mustangs timeout. The timeout helped the Jimmies in the immediate more than the Mustangs but the visitors would not down without a fight. The Jimmies came out of the stoppage by pushing their lead out to 20-15 before the Mustangs roared back with a 4-0 run to cut their deficit to 20-19. The Jimmies would end the match on a 5-0 run to get a 25-19 third set win.
“We just had some communication errors, in our systems and what we were running. Some errant sets and we got a little sloppy at times with things, so just cleaning that stuff up.”
Despite only having five kills in the match, good for sixth on the Jimmies, Johnson showed up in big spots. Out of Johnson’s five kills, two were to tie the set up and two pushed a Jimmies lead from one point to two points.
“I think just at middle specifically, we tried to pull the block to create an opening for our outsides and our right sides,” Johnson said. “So, I think it was transitioning really hard so that they have somewhere to put the set so we can get the kill.”
The Jimmies are back in action at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, when they go to Dordt University.
MU 0, UJ 3
MU: 12 19 19–0
UJ: 25 25 25–3
MU: Sydney Marlow 10, Payten Lode 6, Kylah Brewer 4
UJ: Aleah Zieske 13, Lexi Olson 10, Kalli Hegerle 9
MU: Bridget Smith 7, Gillian DePauw 6, Marlow 1, Gaby Wilson 1, Aureana Bernales 1
UJ: Hegerle 26, Paige Oswald 16, Ellie Holen 2
MU: DePauw 2, Marlow 1
UJ: Holen 3, Averi Beyer 2, Hegerle 1