Jimmies men's volleyball sweeps St. Ambrose
The Jimmies outkilled the Fighting Bees 75-46.
A week off didn’t slow the University of Jamestown men’s volleyball team’s pace as they swept the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees, 25-14, 25-15, 25-17, on Saturday, Feb.4.
The Jimmies (3-1) have gotten three wins in their first four matches for the second season in a row. The Fighting Bees (0-5) had 25 attack errors.
The Fighting Bees’ Jason Bageanis rose up and slammed the ball down to the court to tie the first set at 3-3. The Jimmies’ Samuel Jackman pushed the ball over the net to put his team up 7-5 in the first set. The Jimmies’ Derek Owens got up over the net and blocked a ball down to give the Jimmies the 25-15 first set win.
After the teams traded runs to open the second set, Jackman served down back-to-back aces to make it 7-3 in favor of the Jimmies. Jackman smashed a ball into the Bees’ Jesse Moreno to extend his team’s lead to 12-7 in the second set. The Bees’ Drew Hamlin smashed a ball off a Jimmies block and into the crowd to cut the deficit to 20-13 in the second set.
Jackman got up and slammed a ball down to put the Jimmies up 7-5 in the third set. Hamlin split two Jimmies on the backline to cut the lead to 7-6. The Jimmies’ Downey Huynh slammed a serve off the Bees’ Richard Reed to extend his team’s lead to 14-11 in the third set. After multiple Jimmies saves, Huynh got over the net and blocked a shot down to give the Jimmies the 21-17 third set lead.
In this match, the Jimmies were able to respond well to the Bees runs, with the longest run being four points in a row in the second set. Which, Jimmies head coach Travers Cox said is down to his team's intelligence.
"They got some pretty good high IQ guys," Cox said. "They like to watch a lot of video so they prepare for the teams we're about to play. So, they kind of had an understanding that, that setter likes to run middle a lot. So, our middles were really committing with their middles a lot more than we normally would. We had an idea of who their main hitters were. So, the guy's game plan going in was pretty strong, and that's a kudos to our assistant coach Yigit."
The Jimmies return to the court at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, when they face Dordt. The Bees are back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, when they face Cardinal Stritch.
UJ 3, SAU 0
UJ: 25 25 25
SAU: 15 14 17
UJ: Samuel Jackman 12, Derek Owens 8, Tanner Woods 6
SAU: Jason Bageanis 6, Jake Snyder 4, Drew Hamlin 2, Mikolaj Zielonka 2
UJ: Austin Jacob 33, Adam Poata 2
SAU: Snyder 9, Zielonka 2, Hamlin 2
UJ: Jackman 3, Woods 2, Caylor Cox 2
SAU: Nick Fox 3, Hamlin 1