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Demons defeat Jays in WDA quarterfinals

Jamestown High School volleyball proved beating Bismarck High was a doable task, after defeating the Demons 2-1 during a three-set tournament match at the Fargo Scheels Invitational on Oct. 6.

But the Blue Jays had yet to defeat Bismarck High in a full match coming into Thursday's West Region tournament in Williston, after losing 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-16, 30-28) during a two-point match on Sept. 27.

The Demons, however, once again got the better of the Blue Jays with a sweep (25-16, 25-21, 25-20) during the quarterfinals at Williston High School Gym. Jamestown (19-13) will face Williston (9-27) today at 1 p.m. in a loser-out contest, while Bismarck High takes on Century at 5 p.m. in the semifinals.

"We didn't play as well as we hoped," said JHS coach Sara Hegerle. "We played a little flat and we just didn't execute what we needed to do. Our game plan was to come out with some fire and that didn't happen.

"Our bus is quiet right now and that's a good sign. We'll take some time to be sad and prepare for Williston tomorrow."

The Demons led 13-10 midway through the first set but won 10 of 12 points, which led to the eventual opening frame victory.

Jamestown was once again playing from behind in the second set, but managed to trim the deficit to 20-19. Another Bismarck High run gave it a 2-0 match lead.

"I think we didn't put a lot of pressure on them," Hegerle said. "Our passing was good the whole match and we didn't lose a whole lot of points from their best server (Macy Wetch). But we had some trouble at the net."

The Blue Jays returned to form for most of the third set, after leading until 20-20, but kills from Wetch, Callie Stonecipher, and a couple Jamestown errors gave the Demons the victory.

"It was a lot of fun and we had smiles on our faces. It looked like Blue Jay volleyball came to play," Hegerle said of set 3. "Our kids did some good things but it was a little too late. Hopefully our kids will come out tomorrow and our season won't end this way."

Jamestown swept Williston in both matchups this fall back in early Sept. The 9th-seeded Coyotes came off three 25-17 set losses to top-seeded Bismarck Century during their quarterfinals game on Thursday.

"We just watched them play Century and all three sets were pretty close," Hegerle said. "They have the band and fans, the only team with spectators. Our kids will have to come out and compete or go home a day early."

Bismarck High 3, Jamestown 0

JHS 16 21 20

BHS 25 25 25

JHS—Kills: Courtney Peterson 11, Grace Hegerle 6, Jessa Anderson 5, Ella Roaldson 4, Abby Kallenbach 3, Kameron Selvig 2. Assists: Selvig 20. Digs: Rachel Schiele 15, Hegerle 9, Peterson 8, Jessie Paulson 7, Selvig 5.

Records: Jamestown 19-13. Bismarck High 25-9.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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