The Blue Jay volleyball team did things right on Tuesday night and now they have the 1-0 record to prove it.
Jamestown took the court at Jerry Meyer Arena against Bismarck Legacy and swept the Sabers 25-16, 25-23, 25-20. The Blue Jays will head to Bismarck High next Tuesday to face off against the 1-0 Demons. Competition is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Bismarck.
Grace Hegerle would lead the Blue Jays off with an ace to begin the first set and a couple of big hits from the front row but the Sabers would rebound going on a 6-0 scoring run establishing a 6-4 lead over the Jays in the first. It was a battle, but Jamestown head coach Sara Hegerle said she was impressed with her team's ability to rebound in the face of point deficits.
"Because a lot of them are returners, a lot of them have been in situations that are tough and tight," Hegerle said. "I think the kids maybe just have a little bit more experience than what Legacy did."
Junior middle hitter Ella Ronaldson brought the height to the net for the Jays recording a block and 10 kills on the night. Grace Hegerle added another 8 hits while libero Rachel Schiele anchored a defense for the Jays totaling 20 digs. Schiele also led the Jays from the service line recording 3 aces.
Early in the second set, the Sabers claimed an 8-2 lead thanks to a strong Legacy defense. Libero Macee Van Vleet recorded 18 digs while Ashton Sagaser was a force at the net for the Sabers totaling 11 kills. Outside Maggie Sorenson and middle Sierra Knoll added 12 hits to the books. Hegerle said she wasn't sure what to expect from the Sabers but is pleased with how her team responded to the skilled and well-coached Legacy team.
"I think that speaks volumes about our kids," Hegerle said. "We have a very mature group of kids out there, even the young ones that are new. We're not ever done. We're never going to be a team that gives up in any deficit in those games."
Strong serves from defensive specialist Addi Douty, quick defensive moves by Schiele, big swings from Jessa Anderson, Jessica Walter and assists from Selvig made the second half of set two a team battle. The Jays took control at point 20 putting up four unanswered points. The Sabers did what they could to tie the match at one set apiece, coming within two points, but the Jays took set two 25-23.
It was more of the same for the Jays in set No. 3. An early 7-3 lead and a steady defense coupled with consistent swings clinched the 3-0 victory for the Jays. Hegerle said she was impressed with the team's performance and hopes the energy and skill will carry on to the rest of the season and at next week's matchup against Bismarck High.
"Bismarck is a good team so every time we get on the court it's going to be a tough one," Hegerle said. in regards to next week. "Tonight was a lot of fun, I think it was a pleasant surprise that it went 3-0."
Jamestown 3, Bismarck Legacy 0
Legacy 16 23 20
Jamestown 25 25 25
Legacy -- Kills: Ashton Sagaser 11, Maggie Sorenson 7. Assists: Cam Beasley 25. Digs: Macee Van Vleet 18, Beasley 14. Blocks: Bella Ternes 1.5. Aces: Beasley 2.
Jamestown -- Kills: Jessa Anderson 12, Ella Ronaldson 10, Grace Hegerle 10. Assists: Kameron Selvig 25. Digs: Rachel Schiele 20, Grace Hegerle 11, Jessie Paulson 8. Aces: Schiele 3.
Records: Legacy 0-1, Jamestown 1-0.