Jimmies fight back in five-set win over Ottawa

The Jimmies had 16 errors in the first two sets and 11 in the last three sets combined.

Caylor Cox
The Jimmies' Caylor Cox hits a ball in front of the Braves' Akeil Williams (16) and Michal Bak (18) during the second set of the Jimmies win on March 15 at Harold Newman Arena.
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JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown fought back from a two-sets-to-none deficit to get a five-set win (21-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-11) over Ottawa University on Wednesday, March 15, at Harold Newman Arena.

The Jimmies (18-3, 8-1) appeared to be sailing in the first set up 17-11, drawing a Braves timeout. Out of the timeout, the Braves (6-11, 3-6) went on a 9-3 run to tie the first set up at 20. The Braves kept it going from there, getting a 25-21 first-set win.

In the first set, the Jimmies had nine errors, and the Braves had four errors.

The Braves kept it going in the second set as they got out to a 13-10 lead before the Jimmies cut the deficit to 14-12. The Braves were able to stretch the lead out to 20-13. The closest the Jimmies got from there was 22-15. The Braves closed the set out on a Jimmies service error to get the 25-16 second set win.

After only having seven kills in the first two sets, the Jimmies’ Oguzhan Oguz got his first kill of the third set to push his team’s lead out to 5-3. After the teams were tied at nine, the Jimmies went on a 4-0 run to take a 13-9 lead. The Braves cut into the deficit at 15-14, but the Jimmies punched back to stretch the lead out to 18-14. The rest of the third set was really tight with the Jimmies hanging on to get a 25-23 third set.


“We had a freshman (Gabriel Ocasio) on the bench get on the guys a little bit about stepping up, balling out,” Jimmies head coach Travers Cox said. “It was a big motivational speak for them, the guys came out and played a little bit better as a team and reduced our errors just a little bit, still not enough but enough to get that third-set win.”

The Jimmies kept their momentum going in the fourth set as they sprinted out to a 15-6 lead and sailed from there to a 25-13 fourth-set win.

The Jimmies opened the fifth set on a 9-3 run, drawing a Braves timeout. Out of the timeout, the Braves were able to go on a run to cut the deficit to 11-8, drawing a Jimmies timeout. Out of the stoppage, the Jimmies were able to put the set away at 15-11.

Over the last three sets, Oguz had 13 kills.

The Jimmies are back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, when they go to Morningside.

“We have one more last GPAC match,” Oguz said. “We will win and we want to play the final with Dordt University. I don’t know if we will play at Newman or at Dordt but we will play the GPAC final with Dordt.”

OU 2, UJ 3

OU: 25 25 23 13 11–2


UJ: 21 16 25 25 15–3

Kills leaders:

OU: Akeil Williams 16, Michal Bak 11, Grant Younie 9

UJ: Oguzhan Oguz 20, Ever Cancel 12, Downey Huynh 12, Caylor Cox 12, Tysen Myers 5

Assists leaders:

OU: Andrew Salinas 20, Jimmy Flores 16, Kevin Davidson 9

UJ: Derek Correa 54, Oguz 1, Cancel 1, Adam Lopata 1

Aces leaders:


OU: Younie 1, Bak 1, Flores 1

UJ: Cox 3, Oguz 2, Downey Huynh 2, Jaaden Gaalema 1

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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