Jimmies volleyball struggle in five set loss at Indiana Tech
The Jimmies had 30 errors in the last three sets.
In a battle of top ten teams, the No. 6 University of Jamestown took an early two set lead before losing in five sets, 25-18, 27-25, 22-25, 17-25, 13-15 at the No. 7 Indiana Tech Warriors on Wednesday, March 9.
In the first set, the Jimmies (13-4) battled back from a 4-1 deficit to take a 6-5 lead thanks to a kill from Korben Phillips. The Warriors (19-1) would go on a run to take an 11-10 lead before the Jimmies responded with a 10-3 run to take a 20-13 lead. An attack error from the Jimmies’ Zack Meyer would cut his team’s lead to 23-18, before back-to-back points gave the Jimmies the 25-18 first set win.
The largest lead of the first 14 points of the second set were multiple two point leads, for each team before the Jimmies stretched their lead out to 16-11 on a kill from Caylor Cox. The Warriors responded by going on a 8-4 run to cut the deficit to 20-19. The Warriors’ Raekwon Rogers got a kill to go up 23-22 in the second set. After the Jimmies went down 25-24, they went on a 3-0 run to get a 27-25 second set win.
The Jimmies looked to be cruising in the third set, getting out to a quick 4-1 and 8-5 lead before the Warriors fought back. The Warriors’ Dante Stewart got a kill to give his team their first lead of the third set at 14-13. The Jimmies would immediately tie it up before the Warriors ended the set on a 11-8 run to force a fourth set with a 25-22 set win.
In the fourth set, the Jimmies took their first lead off a bad set by the Warriors’ Brandon Jones to make it 5-4. Later in the set, the Warriors took advantage of an attack error by Samuel Jackman to push their lead out to 16-10. Despite the Jimmies’ attempting to fight back, the Warriors’ Dante Siracusa got a kill to force a fifth set with a 25-17 fourth set win.
The fifth set was much tighter with the longest run being a 3-0 Jimmies run to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 6-6 tie. After the Jimmies cut the deficit to 13-12, the Warriors used a 2-1 run, punctuated by an attack error by Jackman to get the 15-13 fifth set, match win.
The Jimmies return to the court at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, when they go to Trine University. The Warriors are back in action at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, when they face Tusculum University.
UJ 2, IT 3
UJ: 25 27 22 17 13–2
IT: 18 25 25 25 15—3
UJ: Samuel Jackman 15, Tanner Woods 14, Korben Phillips 13
IT: Dante Stewart 20, Dante Siracusa 17, Raekwon Rogers 9
Assists leaders:UJ: Caylor Cox 46, Braden Neumann 5, Zack Meyer 2, Jackman 2
IT: Brandon Jones 46, Joey Hermes 9, Stewart 2
UJ: Meyer 2, Phillips 1, Cox 1
IT: Mason Milan 1, Jones 1