Jimmies get a hard fought five set win over Dakota Wesleyan
The Jimmies were led by Kalli Hegerle's 16 kills.
JAMESTOWN — The word of the day for the University of Jamestown was to inspire. The No. 4-ranked Jimmies lived up to that word, inspiring a packed Harold Newman Arena to reach a fever pitch as they got a five-set win (25-20, 25-16, 14-25, 21-25,15-12) over No.18-ranked Dakota Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The Jimmies were missing senior outside hitter Anna and junior defensive specialist Ellie Holen due to a family emergency.
“This is one of the most emotional wins I’ve had in my life just because of the situation we’re in with our team right now,” Jimmies head coach Jon Hegerle said. “I told the team beforehand, I said ‘to me this match is more important than a national championship.’ To get out here … and inspire the crowd and respond the way we did. I’m incredibly proud of our team.”
The Jimmies (14-1, 3-0) struggled to open the match as they trailed 7-1 and Hegerle called a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Jimmies mounted a 6-3 run to cut the deficit to 11-8. After the Tigers responded with a kill to make it 12-8 before the Jimmies went on a run to cut the deficit to 16-14. From there the Jimmies went on a 3-1 run to tie the set up at 17, for the first tie since 1-1. The Jimmies took their first lead at 21-20 thanks to a block from Lexi Olson. The Jimmies would put the set away on a Grace Hegerle service ace off the hands of the Tigers’ Mariah Gloe.
The second set started out all Jimmies as a Megan Moser ace made it 8-3. The Tigers (10-3, 3-2) would fight back though as they went on a 7-5 run to cut the deficit to 13-10. The Jimmies responded by pushing the lead out to 17-13. The Jimmies continued to put the second set out of reach from there with a Tigers error giving the Jimmies the 25-16 second set win.
The Tigers would not go down without a fight as after the teams traded the first few points of the third set, they found their rhythm and went on an 8-0 run to take a 15-7 lead. The Jimmies would fight back but the runs were only one or two points in a row as the Tigers got a 25-14 third set win.
“I think anything that could, obviously they get the momentum back and we get a little bit slower. It’s just going to happen in volleyball,” Jimmies right side hitter Kalli Hegerle said.
After the Jimmies took an early 2-0 lead in the fourth set, the Tigers went on a 3-0 run to take a 3-2 lead. The teams would fight to an 8-8 tie before the Tigers went on a 7-2 run to take a 15-10 lead. The Jimmies would fight back though with a 7-2 run of their own to tie the set up at 17, punctuated by a kill from Kalli Hegerle. The Tigers would finish the set off on a 7-3 run to send the match to a fifth set.
“I think we just got down on ourselves, our confidence was shaken a little bit. I think we were able to lean on each other though and come out of that, and that’s what’s really important,” Jimmies junior right side hitter Logan Sherman said.
After the teams traded the first 14 points, the Tigers looked to be putting the match away taking an 11-9 lead. The Jimmies responded with a 6-1 run to get a 15-12 fifth set win.
The Jimmies are back in action at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they face Mount Marty.
DWU 2, UJ 3
DWU: 20 16 25 25–3
UJ: 25 25 14 21–2
DWU: Ady Dwight 25, Mackenzie Miller 14, Emily Dale 6
UJ: Kalli Hegerle 16, Logan Sherman 13, Lexi Olson 10, Aleah Zieske 10
DWU: Madeline Else 52
UJ: K. Hegerle 32, Paige Oswald 22, Tenley Buddenhagen 5
DWU: Mariah Gloe 3
UJ: Megan Moser 3, K. Hegerle 2, Averi Beyer 1, Grace Hegerle 1