Jimmies show off depth in sweep over Vikings
Out of the 16 players that played for the Jimmies, eight got at least one kill.
JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown welcomed in rival Valley City State University and had little trouble dispatching of their rivals to the east. The Jimmies swept the Vikings (25-18, 25-18, 25-18) on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Harold Newman Arena.
The first set was all about withstanding Vikings runs for the Jimmies (20-2) as they took an 11-5 lead drawing a Vikings timeout. Out of the timeout, the Vikings (8-13) went on a 4-3 run to cut the deficit to 14-10. The Jimmies responded by going on a run to stretch the lead out to 18-12. The Vikings attempted to come back bringing it as close as 23-17 but the Jimmies responded when Logan Sherman smashed a kill off of the Vikings’ JayCee Richter’s face to make it 25-18.
The second started in a blowout in favor of the Jimmies as they sprinted out to a 14-3 lead. However, the Vikings flipped the switch cutting into the lead with a 10-6 run to cut the deficit to 20-13. After the run was ended by a Lexi Olson kill to make it 21-13, the Vikings continued to fight back making it 23-17. However, the Jimmies were able to hang on and get a 25-18 second set win.
“We really wanted to get after it this one because at least in the last couple games we’ve lost our second set and we really wanted to get after it in this one and be like, ‘we got this second set. It’s not going to be a little curse, a second set thing anymore.’ So, I think the games before gave us the motivation to get that second set done,” Jimmies sophomore middle hitter Lexi Olson said.
The Vikings were fighting to stay alive in the third set and took an early 8-7. The Jimmies fought back to tie it up at eight and proceeded to go on a 5-2 run to take a 13-10 lead, drawing a Vikings timeout. The Vikings would again fight back to tighten the set up, cutting their deficit to 18-14 but the Jimmies would put the clamps down with Peyton Wilson getting the match-ending kill to win the set 25-18.
In the win, Jimmies head coach Jon Hegerle played 16 players, including Lilly Bertsch and Peyton Wilson, both of whom made their first appearances for the varsity team since Sept. 3.
“Those players are valuable players on our team and they are actually really good players,” Hegerle said. “So, who knows when we’re gonna need those this year but certainly in future years we will.”
The Jimmies are back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, when they go to Briar Cliff University.
VCSU 0, UJ 3
VCSU: 18 18 18–0
UJ: 25 25 25–3
VCSU: Bailey Nelson 12, Morgan Freije 6, Morgan Nelson 5
UJ: Anna Holen 9, Kalli Hegerle 9, Kadyn Mehring 5
VCSU: Sadie Hansen 25
UJ: Paige Oswald 15, Hegerle 14, Tenley Buddenhagen 4
VCSU: JayCee Richter 3
UJ: Buddenhagen 3, Hegerle 3, Megan Moser 1