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Jimmies sweep past Mayville State

Siri Jystad is a volleyball player who knows the meaning of hard work. It was required of her to be able to fulfill the integral role she's grown into during her senior campaign with the University of Jamestown Jimmies. Jystad, along with seniors...

Siri Jystad had three kills for the Jimmies in their 3-0 win over Mayville State on Friday night at the Hansen Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Siri Jystad had three kills for the Jimmies in their 3-0 win over Mayville State on Friday night at the Hansen Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Siri Jystad is a volleyball player who knows the meaning of hard work.

It was required of her to be able to fulfill the integral role she's grown into during her senior campaign with the University of Jamestown Jimmies.

Jystad, along with seniors Elise Peterson, Aubrey Beaumont, Nicole Warren, Kaitlin Anderson, and Heather Bachman, will be recognized prior to the team's final home match today at 3 p.m. against Valley City State University.

Jamestown will be looking to complete a weekend sweep on its home court to close the regular season. The Jimmies defeated Mayville State 3-0 on Friday night.

"The Jimmies are a great family, and it's been fun to hang together and play some tough matches in the Hansen Center," Jystad said. "It's a lot of mixed emotions, but it'll be fun to play (today) with the girls."

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A former second team all-state performer for Jamestown High School, the outside hitter has had to hone her game in order for her to find her stride at the collegiate level. But she was up for the challenge, as she's recorded over 180 kills for the 23rd-ranked Jimmies off the bench this season.

"She can really frustrate other teams," Jimmie coach Jon Hegerle said. "But it hasn't been easy for her. We've worked a lot on refining some of the things she does, but she's just stuck with it and had some defining moments.

"She's the most polite person ever, but she's a lot tougher than people think."

Becoming a Jimmie was never really a question for the Jamestown native, whose unorthodox approach and ability to spring high above the net has caught opponents off guard this season. Jystad helped the Jimmies to their 22nd win of the season against the Comets with a trio of kills.

"It's great to be part of that," she said "It's a lot of fun to know that we can go out and compete really hard against a lot of teams."

The usual cast made the difference for the Jimmies against the Comets. Anderson (11 kills) and Bachman (10) teamed up for 21 kills, and setters Beaumont (20 assists) and Josie Hegerle (19) deftly set the offensive pace.

But it was sophomore outside hitter Kori Buchanan's performance at the service line that stood out. She floored game-changing aces in both the second and third games that handed Jamestown leads they'd never let slip.

Buchanan, from Colfax, Wisc., posted six ace serves-the final of which landed for match point-to help the Jimmies sweep Mayville for the second time this season: 25-20, 25-20, 25-21.

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"She's gotten better and better," Hegerle said of Buchanan. "We know we generally have float servers, so we worked hard this spring and summer developing a couple topspin jump-servers.

"Give her a lot of credit for spending the time working on it," the coach added. "She's been consistent all season and she's putting a little more pop on the ball now, which is making a difference."

But there's always room for improvement, which Hegerle will be looking for today against the Vikings (11-20). Jamestown started Friday's match by handing the Comets five points on unforced errors.

"There were plenty of times tonight we played at a very high level, and there were times we just gave away four or five points in a row," Hegerle said. "We need to manage those times better, make good plays and make the other team try to beat us."

University of Jamestown 3, Mayville State University 0

Mayville 20 20 21

Jamestown 25 25 25

Mayville-Kills: Megan Kolness 9, Hannah Bliss 7, MaKenzie Bring 5, Stephany Wold 5. Assists: Kolness 23. Aces: Sydney Boom 2. Digs: Jayden Warner 5. Blocks: Whitney Janu 2. Joely Christianson 2.

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Jamestown-Kills: Kaitlin Anderson 11, Heather Bachman 10, Morgan Hensch 8, Haley Glasoe 7, Madison Wendel 4, Siri Jystad 3, Kennedy Conzemius 3, Jessica Velander 1, Josie Hegerle 1. Assists: Aubrey Beaumont 20, Hegerle 19, Whitney King 3, Jystad 2. Aces: Kori Buchanan 6, King 2, Nicole Warren 1. Digs: Warren 13, Elise Peterson 6, Julina Niemeier 5, Hegerle 5. Blocks: Wendel 2, Anderson 2.

Records: University of Jamestown 22-11, 12-3 NSAA; Mayville State University 11-24, 3-12 NSAA.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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