Jimmies volleyball sweeps Dakota Wesleyan in the GPAC Semis
The Jimmies were powered by Anna Holen and Kalli Hegerle's 10 kills a piece.
The University of Jamestown women’s volleyball team were powered by a dominant first set on their way to a straight sets victory over Dakota Wesleyan University in Harold Newman Arena on Nov. 10. The Jimmies (30-0, 16-0 GPAC) find themselves in the conference championship for the third year in a row.
“It feels great to be in the conference championship and have a chance to win the conference championship again is a wonderful deal,” Hegerle said. “We’re really excited. They were excited in the locker room for Saturday and to see who we are going to play and to get after it.”
The Jimmies served to start the match and Kalli Hegerle rose up and slammed the ball down to give the Jimmies the early 1-0 lead. The Tigers (23-9, 10-6) responded with a drop pass of their own to tie it up at 1-1.
Anna Holen had a kill later on in the first set to give the Jimmies the 14-12 lead, which drew a timeout from the Tigers. Out of the timeout, the Tigers went on a run that saw them tie the match at 14-14 before Corina Huff dropped a ball right in the middle of the three front line Tigers to give the Jimmies a 15-14 lead.
After the first set was tied at 14, the Jimmies went on a run that saw them outscore the Tigers 11-4 to win the first set, 25-19.
The Jimmies started the second set up 4-0 before the Tigers got on the scoreboard thanks to a deflected ball that landed out of bounds. The Jimmies took a 7-4 lead when Aleah Zieske spiked down a powerful ball that was too hard for the Tigers’ Hanna Reiff to handle.
The Jimmies took the 18-14 lead when Zieske took the cross court set from Jackie Meiklejohn to put the ball away. The Tigers clawed their way back to a tied second set off a service ace from Callie Slagter, which drew a timeout from the Jimmies.
The Jimmies Taylor Sabinash exploded as she hit a cross court kill to give her team the 21-20 lead. The Tigers took the lead once again 23-22 on an Ady Dwight kill, drawing another UJ timeout. The timeout worked as the Jimmies scored three consecutive points to win the second set, 25-23.
The Jimmies expected the second set to be a battle, according to Holen.
“They are a good team ... We knew that they were going to come ready to out-team and outwork us,” Holen said. “So, we knew they would come out strong.”
The Tigers brought it to within one point when Abigail Brunsing put a kill past the Jimmies defense. Hegerle rose up and put the Jimmies ahead 15-9 with back-to-back kills, drawing a timeout from the Tigers.
Off a hustle play by Holen, to chase a ball out of bounds, Huff got a kill to put the Jimmies up 20-13 in the third set. Huff rose up and spiked the ball down to give the Jimmies the 25-18 lead in the third set, and the straight sets win.
The Jimmies will be hosting Concordia (Neb.) University in the GPAC Championship game at Harold Newman Arena at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13.
DWU 0, UJ 3
DWU: 16 23 18---0
UJ: 25 25 25---3
DWU: Ady Dwight 8, Abigail Brunsing 8, Jadie Delange 5
UJ: Anna Holen 10, Kalli Hegerle 10, Taylor Sabinash 9