The schedule change was unexpected but during the match not much caught the Blue Jays off guard.
The Jamestown High School volleyball team hosted Bismarck High in a rescheduled conference match Thursday evening. The Blue Jays topped the visitors in three 25-13, 25-23, 25-22. The win improves the Jays to 6-2 while the Demons sit at 4-5 in the West Region standings.
The match, rescheduled from Oct. 13, was the first time the Jays has taken the court since Sept. 22 when the Jays lost in four to Mandan. JHS head coach Sara Hegerle said the WDA matchup was a welcome shift from the team practices. The Jays' next game is still to be confirmed as adjustments were made due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We were so excited to come out and play," Hegerle said. "We have Mandan in the front of our minds and we need to put that into the back."
The Jays lost no time forgetting what was behind and getting their surprise match underway.
The Jays took the lead early on a commanding 7-0 run to make it 14-5 early. BHS reached double digits just a little too late as kills from senior outside Grace Hegerle helped lead the home team to a 12 point win. Hegerle also served tough from the backline racking up a whopping five aces.
"We gave her free reign to go in the back and serve any spot and that made a difference I think - she can just swing away," Hegerle said.
While Hegerle was busy pounding the ball in the back and front rows, BHS wasn't going to let the Jays' fly away with an easy win. Sets No. 2 and 3 threw a few more curveballs at the Jays as big blocks and big hits gave the Jays’ defense plenty to do.
Hegerle defended against attacks from Kenzie Moser and Emily Stonecipher popping up 12 balls for Blue Jay setter Katie Trumbauer. Moser and Stonecipher combined for 13 kills while Brooke Curtis added five more to help establish a five-point lead in the second. The Jays rebounded to tie it up at 22 and then proceeded to end the set with a 3-1 run.
"One thing we did well was sticking together and fighting through the whole thing," BHS head coach Brianna Kline said. "With this season it's hard to know how many games we have left so they're just always excited to play."
The Demons didn't let up - but instead took a convincing seven-point lead to start off the third. The Jays dished out a three-point streak here and a 2-point run there to make it 20-17 then 21-18 then 22-19. With three more to go, the Jays knew they had to dig deep.
"We had a lot more energy and we all came together better," said JHS sophomore Katie Falk of the team's attitude during the surprise match. "We were excited to play again and rebound from the Mandan game."
Hegerle said five team members stepped up in particular for the Jays since the loss to the Braves.
"I thought our seniors stepped up and determined that this is how their season was going to go," Hegerle said of the fight her team put up. "We are never out of a game, you just got to finish and we finished tonight."
Jamestown 3, Bismarck High 0
BHS 13 23 22
JHS 25 25 25
BHS -- Kills: Stonecipher 7, Moser 6, Curtis 5, Delaney Ziegler 4, Kenadi Renner 3, Caitlyn Allery 1. Assists: Mia Hinsz 12, Payton Foster 7. Digs: Renner 12, Hinsz 11, Foster 9, Abby Lardy 9, Moser 8, Stonecipher 5, Curtis 3, Taylor Schmitcke 3, Ziegler 3, Allery 1. Aces: Lardy 2, Hinsz 2, Renner 1. Blocks: Allery 3, Stonecipher 2, Moser 1, Curtis 1.
JHS -- Kills: Hegerle 14, Falk 8, Ella Roaldson 8, Haylie Hakanson 6, Hunter Petersen 3, Trumbauer 1. Assists: Trumbauer 30. Digs: Hegerle 12, Addi Douty 7, Rachel Schiele 6, Kaylee Panchot 5, Aspyn Peterson 3, Trumbauer 3, Petersen 1. Aces: Hegerle 5, Douty 1, Jenna Fischer 1. Blocks: Trumbauer 2, Falk 1, Hegerle 1, Roaldson 1.
Records -- Jamestown 6-2, Bismarck 4-5