Katie Trumbauer was what the Blue Jays needed Saturday afternoon.
The first-year varsity starting setter for the Jamestown High School volleyball team helped the Jays to a 3-1 road victory over Williston. With the win the Blue Jays improved to 9-2 in the Western Dakota Conference while Williston remains winless at 0-11. The Blue Jays will be back in action on Wednesday hosting Dickinson in a two-point match.
"I am grateful that we were able to play and able to win, but we are lucky really," JHS head coach Sara Hegerle said. "We did not play our best volleyball this weekend -- we're missing something and I can't quite put my finger on it."
The Blue Jays battled Watford City Friday night and snuck out of Rough Rider Center with a 3-2 win.
An aggressive, savvy setter was not what the Blue Jays were missing.
Trumbauer ended her weekend on a high note, posting numbers in four of the five stat categories. Trumbauer shot the ball to the front three 29 times and put the ball over on the second contact seven times. The second-year varsity team member also popped up four balls on the first contact and had a trio of rejections at the net.
"She was a little more aggressive offensively -- which we needed today because our hitters weren't scoring," Hegerle said. "She created a whole different kind of offense for us. She did a great job, it was awesome."
Hegerle said the Jays' are looking forward to seeing a similar style of play from Trumbauer heading into the rest of the regular season and the start of the postseason.
"She was really aggressive as a second-ball-contacter on the JV last year," Hegerle said of Trumbauer's ability. "I think she worries that people will get mad at her - that's the kind of kid she is, she doesn't want to be selfish.
"That is unselfish play because you are taking pressure off of your hitters. Today I think she recognized that we need her to be a little more aggressive and it paid off for her and our team."
While the four-set win was a great game for No. 9 - Hegerle said the 2020 Blue Jay squad has to get back to battling down to every last point.
"We want to be underrated and overperforming," Hegerle said. "This weekend it just didn't feel that way, but I don't think we feel too discouraged -- there is season left."
Jamestown 3, Williston 1
JHS 25 20 25 25
WIL 18 25 16 21
JHS -- Kills: Grace Hegerle 15, Ella Roaldson 8, Haylie Hakanson 8, Trumbauer 7, Katie Falk 5, Hunter Petersen 3, Annie Nabwe 2. Assists: Trumbauer 29. Digs: Rachel Schiele 33, Addi Douty 10, Hegerle 6, Trumbauer 4, Jenna Fischer 3, Kaylee Panchot 2, Petersen 2, Falk 1. Aces: Douty 5, Fischer 3, Schiele 3, Hegerle 2, Aspyn Peterson 2. Blocks: Trumbauer 3, Hakanson 2, Falk 2, Petersen 1, Hegerle 1, Nabwe 1.
WIL -- Stats not provided.
Records: Jamestown 9-2, Williston 0-11.
Jamestown 3, Watford City 2
JHS 16 15 25 26 15
WC 25 25 17 24 8
JHS -- Kills: Hegerle 13, Roaldson 12, Falk 9, Hunter Petersen 6, Haylie Hakanson 4, Trumbauer 1. Assists: Trumbauer 36, Addi Douty 1. Digs: Schiele 16, Panchot 12, Fischer 6, Hegerle 6, Falk 5, Trumbauer 4, Aspyn Peterson 3, Douty 2, Roaldson 1. Aces: Fischer 4, Peterson 3, Falk 1. Blocks: Hegerle 3, Trumbauer 3, Roaldson 2, Hakanson 2, Petersen 1, Falk 1.
WC -- Stats not provided.
Records: Jamestown 8-2, Watford City 1-11