University of Jamestown women's volleyball pushed its winning streak over rival Valley City State to 20 matches Wednesday at VCSU's Osmon Fieldhouse.
The Jimmies had four attackers swing at a clip of .500 or better with six or more kills, as UJ cruised to a 25-12, 25-18, 25-16 sweep. Jamestown has lost just four sets to the Vikings during its current winning streak that dates back to 2011 and is 4-0 this season after taking down Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Dordt 3-1 just 24 hours earlier at Harold Newman Arena.
"For some reason, we weren't quite happy with yesterday. But then I watched tape and we actually played really well, and I thought we played really, really well tonight," said UJ women's volleyball coach Jon Hegerle. "We had a few more service errors than I'd like. I didn't think we were as focused as we should be, but that's sometimes to be expected.
"It was a good night for us."
UJ's Taylor Sabinash, the reigning Great Plains Athletic Conference attacker of the week, found the floor on 7 of 10 attempts, while solid performances by Jayla Ritter (9 of 14), Kalli Hegerle (11 of 20) and Nicole Schmitz (6 of 9) helped fuel a Jamestown attack that saw 44% efficiency.
UJ setters Jackie Meiklejohn (27 assists) and Megan Gaffaney (11) combined for 38 assists and each notched two of Jamestown's six service aces. The Jimmies produced seven service errors, as coach Hegerle alluded to.
Hannah Schiele paced UJ's backline -- a unit that's passing the ball well out of the chute according to the coach -- with 19 digs. Valley City State (2-6) was led by Katie Juarez's 10 kills and Clarissa Hilary's 18 assists.
The Jimmies are now set to play a doubleheader on Saturday at Harold Newman Arena. Jamestown will play Briar Cliff University in a GPAC conference match at 12:30 p.m. before hosting the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (5-2) in exhibition play at 6 p.m.
Hegerle said as well as the offense looked against the Vikings, there's plenty more production yet to pull out of the athletes he's assembled.
"Right now we've relied so much on our back row with passing and defense. Boy, we're really playing well defensively and we're passing the ball well and serving tough," Hegerle said. "Our offense is going to take a little bit longer to develop, and a big part of that is we didn't get a spring and we didn't get a preseason and that's usually what helps us get into a groove and a flow offensively ... and we're trying to do that in the thick of conference play."
Northwestern-St. Paul, an NCAA Division III school, is also scheduled to play Briar Cliff at 3 p.m. The Chargers were 4-5 before hosting Morningside on Wednesday.
"We're looking forward to Saturday to get a little more experience under our belt and get some things a little more ironed-out offensively," Hegerle said. "Hopefully that happens."
University of Jamestown 3, Valley City State 0
UJ 25 25 25
VC 12 18 16
UJ -- Kills: Kalli Hegerle 11, Jayla Ritter 9, Anna Holen 7, Taylor Sabinash 7, Nicole Schmitz 6, Corina Huff 5. Assists: Jackie Meiklejohn 27, Megan Gaffaney 11. Aces: Gaffaney 2, Meiklejohn 2, Holen. Digs: Hannah Schiele 19, Sydny Ellingson 9, Holen 6, Meiklejohn 5, Ellie Holen 3.
VCSU -- Katie Juarez 10, Nissa Johnson 8, Caitlyn Fischbach 4. Assists: Clarissa Hilary 18. Aces: Morganne Eppard 2. Digs: Kallene Klever 10, Juarez 7, Eppard 7, Hilary 5, Jakenda Short 5.
Records: Jamestown 4-0. Valley City State 2-6.