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Jimmies Roundup: Women's volleyball sweeps Trojans

The No. 1-ranked University of Jamestown women's volleyball team held off a stiff challenge by Dakota State (S.D.) University Wednesday night, defeating the Trojans 25-23, 25-14, and 25-23.

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University of Jamestown's Jayla Ritter (5) goes up for a kill against Concordia's Gabi Nordaker (11) at Newman Arena on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
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The No. 1-ranked University of Jamestown women's volleyball team held off a stiff challenge by Dakota State (S.D.) University Wednesday night, defeating the Trojans 25-23, 25-14, and 25-23.

Jamestown is now 23-1 this season while Dakota State falls to 11-6.

The Trojans got off to a quick start, winning the first six points of set one on the way to a 13-8 lead. Dakota State's largest advantage of the set came at 18-13, and following a DSU attack error, UJ took the next four points to cut the lead to one. Corina Huff (SR/Breezy Point, Minn.)'s kill gave the Jimmies a 21-20 lead, their first of the set. Kalli Hegerle (JR/West Fargo, N.D.) and Jayla Ritter (JR/Forest Lake, Minn.) posted back-to-back kills to make it 24-22, and a service error by DSU ended the set.

Jamestown took command in the second set, racing out to a 13-4 lead after an Anna Holen (JR/LaMoure, N.D.) ace and Taylor Sabinash (JR/Kensal, N.D.) kill. UJ led by 11 twice in the set and Dakota State did not get closer than seven (13-6).

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University of Jamestown's Jayla Ritter (5) goes up for a kill against Concordia's Gabi Nordaker (11) at Newman Arena on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

In set three, DSU rallied from 16-11 to cut the Jimmies' lead to 16-14. Jamestown won seven of the next ten points to open up a six-point edge, but the Trojans took five straight to make it 23-22. A DSU attack error ended the run, but a kill on the next point gave the Trojans another chance. Logan Sherman (FR/Marshall, Minn.) finished off the match for UJ with a kill set up by Jackie Meiklejohn (JR/Dickey, N.D.).

Sabinash had 10 kills and hit .421 on 19 attempts. Ritter added six kills and Holen and Hegerle finished with five kills each.

Megan Gaffaney (JR/Jamestown, N.D.) had 19 assists and Meiklejohn 13. Holen had 23 digs, followed by Sydney Ellingson (SR/Langdon, N.D.) with 20 and Hannah Schiele (JR/Jamestown, N.D.) with 10. Ritter and Holen both had three total blocks.

UJ is back in action next Thursday when they host Dickinson State (N.D.) University at 7 p.m.

Women's soccer rolls

Gaby Sarkis (FR/New South Wales, Australia) netted her first collegiate hat trick as the University of Jamestown women's soccer team defeated Presentation College 8-0 Wednesday night at the PC Dome.

Jamestown improves to 10-7 while the game was considered an exhibition for the Saints.

The Jimmies led 4-0 at the half and added four more goals in the final 45 minutes in their seventh clean sheet of the season.

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Sarkis converted a penalty kick 47 seconds into the match and scored UJ's final two goals. Her second came on a pass from Peyton Rudnick (SO/Jamestown, N.D.) in the 70th minute, then Sarkis completed the hat trick on an 80th-minute goal set up by Eleonor Flores (SO/Pico Rivera, Calif.).

Penelope Hoppe (JR/Temecula, Calif.) doubled the Jimmie lead in the 15th minute with an assist by Kamryn Fiscus (SO/Yakima, Wash.).

Aubree Gessel (FR/Temecula, Calif.) put home UJ's third of the match and her first as a Jimmie in the 33rd minute, assisted by Rudnick.

In the 40th minute, Fiscus added to UJ's lead with an unassisted score to make it 4-0.

Fiscus bagged her second of the match 47 seconds after the break, assisted by Cassandra Diaz (SO/Montebello, Calif.).

Diaz kept up the Jamestown scoring spree, finding the back of the net with an unassisted goal in the 47th minute.

UJ dominated possession for the majority of the match. The Jimmies earned 10 corner kicks and did not allow a shot on target. Overall shots were 19-2, with Jamestown putting 13 attempts on target.

Jimmies earn awards

Kat Miska is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports pitcher-of-the-week in women's softball.

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Miska, a junior from Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, was 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA in two starts for Jamestown last week. She tossed a complete game 2-1 win over second-ranked Science & Arts (Okla.), with nine strikeouts. In addition, she struck out 12 in five innings in an 8-2 win over Bethany while improving her record to 6-1 with a 0.48 ERA, including 89 strikeouts in 44 IP and an opponent batting average of .139 on the season.

UJ softball opens GPAC play this weekend with a doubleheader at Northwestern (Iowa) College Saturday and Mount Marty (S.D.) University on Sunday.

Dru Fitz is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports pitcher-of-the-week in men's baseball. Fitz, a senior from Gresham, Oregon, tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout in Jamestown's 4-0 win at Northwestern. He set a career-high with 11 strikeouts and did not issue a walk while improving his record to 3-0 this season.

The Jimmies open GPAC play this weekend with doubleheaders at Hastings (Neb.) College Saturday and Sunday.

Austin Jacob was named the NAIA's National Defender of the Week in men's volleyball.

Jacob, a freshman middle blocker, from Houston, Texas, had 22 total blocks in four matches for fifth-ranked Jamestown as the Jimmies went 4-0 against NCAA Division II competition. He set a UJ record with eight block assists in a 3-1 win at Erskine College. On the week he averaged 1.38 blocks per set and moved into 6th place in the NAIA with 1.13 blocks per set. He also hit .468 with 27 kills in 47 attempts.

The Jimmies host Morningside (Iowa) College Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.

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