Jimmies push Grand View in five set loss
The Jimmies played a five set match for the first time since March, 13, 2021 when they beat Limestone.
After winning the first two sets, No. 1 Grand View University men’s volleyball team appeared to be ready to put the match away. The No. 11 University of Jamestown had different ideas however, winning the third and fourth sets to send it to a fifth set. The Vikings managed to fend off the Jimmies (7-2) in the fifth set to get the win 3-2, 26-24, 29-27, 22-25, 23-25, 15-11, on Feb. 18.
After the Vikings (10-1) appeared to be going into cruise control in the first set with the score at 19-14, battled back scoring seven of the next nine points to tie the match up at 21, drawing a Vikings timeout. The Jimmies’ Tanner Woods got a kill to make it 24-24 in the first set, before a service error and a kill from the Vikings’ Daniel Gallili put it away 26-24.
The teams battled in the second set, with the Jimmies taking a 18-14 second set lead. The Jimmies called a timeout with the score tied at 24. Out of the timeout the Jimmies took a 25-24 lead, on a kill from Woods. The Vikings would end the second set on a kill from Daniel Wong and an ace from Francisco Arrendondo.
The Jimmies opened the third set on an 18-11 run and were able to withstand a late Vikings run to get the 25-22 set win. It was the first set in the match that the Vikings did not have the lead at any point.
After the Jimmies started the fourth set up 12-8, the Vikings went on a 4-0 run to tie it up at 12. The Vikings would take their first lead of the fourth set 14-13 on a kill from Bayron Valdez. Wong got a kill to put the Vikings up 23-22, before a 3-0 Jimmies run sent the match to a fifth set.
Valdez got a kill to tie the fifth set up at five, which was the closest the Jimmies would get for the remainder of the match, losing the final set 15-11.
The belief within the Jimmies ranks fueled them to not quit down two sets according to head coach Travers Cox.
“The guys believed and played for each other,” Cox said. “They stayed positive and balled out.”
The Jimmies are back in action at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, when they face Central Christian College. The Vikings return to the court at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, when they host William Penn.
UJ 2, GVU 3
UJ: 24 27 25 25 11–2
GVU: 26 29 22 23 15–3
UJ: Samuel Jackman 20, Tanner Woods 16, Korben Phillips 9
GVU: Daniel Gallili 21, Leonardo Annichini 15, Oscar Manana 14
UJ: Austin Jacob 45, Caylor Cox 3, Jackman 2, Braden Neumann 2
GVU: Francisco Arrendondo 66, Erick Villar-Cordero 4, Dalton Dencklau 1, Annichini 1
UJ: Cox 5, Phillips 1, Jacob 1, Jackman 1
GVU: Galili 5, Annichini 4, Arredondo 1