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Volleyball was 'good from start to finish' against Williston

The Jamestown High School volleyball team hosted Williston on Saturday.

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Jamestown's Rylee Joseph returns a serve during volleyball play against Williston on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at Jerry Meyer Arena.
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JAMESTOWN — From the facts and figures, it's pretty obvious that Makenna Nold has been an impact player for the Jamestown High School volleyball team.

One might think that without her in the lineup, the Jays might have some problems.

Not so the case — at least on Saturday.

The Blue Jays made short work of Williston, topping the Coyotes 3-0 to move to 15-2 in the West Region and 27-4 overall. Williston dropped down to 4-11 in conference and 13-15 so far this fall.

Jamestown is set to take on WDA leader, Century, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Patriots' home venue.

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Nold has been pulling double-duty this season averaging more than seven kills and 20 assists per match. Nold is leading the Jays in blocks with 14.1 and she's currently in a three-way tie with Edie Hegerle and Bernadette Newman for the most aces served. All three have 24.

"She got injured 10 points into Minot so we quickly had to adjust our lineup," JHS head coach Sara Hegerle said. "We had Addison Marker in there and Sara Sletto and we ended up winning the first one 25-23 and then we put together a new lineup and found a good flow.

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"When you are winning without one of your players who's in there all the time, that shows that you have a good team,"

From the get-go, it was clear the Jays were in total control of their home court. While Edie Hegerle was the only setter on the court she managed to give the Blue Jays a 10-3 advantage in the opening set.

Haylie Hakanson was lights out in the middle, drilling eight past the Williston defense. The home team's advantage quickly grew to 15 and the Jays found themselves two points away from a first-set victory. A couple of more swings notched it 25-10.

"Edie has been doing a good job of running a 5-1, Breanna (Oettle) played well, Haylie blocked and hit well — I can't really think of anybody who didn't play well today," Hegerle said.

The comfort of a one-set lead led to some unforced Blue Jay errors and the Coyotes used the momentum to tie the affair at 12 points apiece. Jamestown regained the lead and won the race to 25, only giving up three more points in the process.

Oettle and Blue Jay libero Aspyn Peterson paced the Blue Jays with a combined 26 digs. As a team, Jamestown notched 67 total digs

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"You wouldn't know that she's normally just a service specialist," Hegerle said of Oettle. "She played all three sets in Minot and all three sets today. She does her job and she does it well."

In the front row, Jamestown came up with eight blocks. Bernadette Newman and Hakanson each had three stops up front.

Williston's grit shone through once again in the third set as the Coyotes caught up to tie things at 17, forcing Hegerle to call her first timeout of the afternoon.

The Coyotes fought hard and forced extra points. Things were tied up at 25 apiece before kills from Newman and Kinley Anderson sealed the deal 27-25.

"It is quite common for teams to come back in the third set," Hegerle said. "They just keep fighting because they don't want to be done.

"We only had one ace, that's how well they passed. I told their coach that they have some good stuff going right now because their passing was really good. Whenever you have good passing, good things are going to happen."

While Hegerle knows the Jays made some mistakes on Saturday, she is happy with how her team has come together and knows that headed into the last month of the season, the Jays will only be seeking to get better each point.

"This line-up is kind of a makeshift roster of what we can do with our kids but at the same time, I really like this group that is out there," Hegerle said. "There are going to be mistakes when you are a young team — that's normal — but we have a lot of good players."

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Jamestown's Bernadette Newman (12) follows through after hitting the ball to Williston's Taylor Rath and Kendra Hall (15) on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at Jerry Meyer Arena.
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Jamestown 3, Williston 0

WIL 10 15 25

JHS 25 25 27

WIL — No final stats provided.

JHS — Kills: Newman 12, Hakanson 8, Anderson 8, Leah Trumbauer 5, Benet Fronk 4, Hegerle 2. Assists: Hegerle 34, Trumbauer 1. Digs: Oettle 13, Peterson 13, Hegerle 10, Rylee Joseph 9, Fronk 7, Hakanson 7, Newman 6, Trumbauer 1, Anderson 1. Aces: Joseph. Blocks: Newman 3, Hakanson 3, Trumbauer 1, Fronk 1.

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Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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