The Jimmies' game plan Friday night was a simple one: get the ball to Kalli Hegerle.
The junior right-side helped the University of Jamestown women's volleyball team cruise to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-23 sweep of Doane University in Crete, Nebraska.
"She was really approaching aggressively and she is so good at mixing up her shots," UJ head coach Jon Hegerle said. "She'll pound a ball down the line, then she'll cut a ball back cross-court. Then she'll tip the ball right over the block, then she'll throw a ball deep, then she'll hit the ball off the top of the block -- there's just so many ways she can score."
With the win, UJ pushed the team's undefeated streak to 11 games. The team has not dropped a match since falling to Marian University (Indiana) in the 2019 NAIA women's volleyball national tournament semifinals.
The Jimmies will wrap up the weekend with a trip to Hastings College (4-4, 3-3 GPAC) Saturday. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Hegerle sent 13 balls to the ground off 32 total attack attempts Friday against the Tigers. The 6-foot North Dakota State transfer posted a hitting percentage of .344, making just two errors at the net. Hegerle has racked up 92 kills in 28 sets played this season.
"She's just getting better and better," coach Hegerle said. "She was on fire tonight."
UJ's Anna Holen, Sydney Ellingson and Hannah Schiele fueled the back row, combining for 38 of the team's 59 pop-ups. The trio has been a big part of the Jimmies' ability to so far outlast the competition.
"I think one of the edges we have is just that we have some players who have really good ball control," the head coach said. "It's tough to defend us when we pass well and then we are in system -- that puts a lot of pressure on the other team."
UJ put together a passing percentage of 49.3%, while the Tigers were at 35% in the back row. At the net, Jamestown swung at a clip of .264 compared to Doane's .112.
Doane (3-8, 1-8 GPAC) was up 23-22 in the third before UJ's Taylor Sabinash slammed a couple of kills down the middle to make it match point for the visitors. Nicole Schmitz ended the game with a well-placed kill from setter Megan Gaffaney.
Doane was led by Kennedy Scheele's 10 kills and Jamie Renshaw's 24 assists.
"We still think our ceiling can go higher," Hegerle said of his team's ability, "We are going to continue to challenge our players in some areas, but for the most part we have a pretty good foundation right now."
University of Jamestown 3, Doane University 0
UJ 25 25 25
D 18 17 23
UJ -- Kills: Hegerle 13, Taylor Sabinash 10, Anna Holen 9, Corina Huff 5, Nicole Schmitz 5, Darienne Johnson 3, Jackie Meiklejohn 1. Assists: Meiklejohn 23, Megan Gaffaney 18. Digs: Holen 16, Hannah Schiele 13, Sydney Ellingson 9, Gaffaney 8, Meiklejohn 5, Ellie Holen 3, Schmitz 2, Huff 1, Sabinash 1, Johnson 1. Aces: Holen 1, Meiklejohn 1, Schiele 1. Blocks: Huff 4, Holen 2, Sabinash 2, Johnson 2.
D -- Kills: Kennedy Scheele 10, Ryed Creek 8, Gabby Menghini 6, Simonie Mendenhall 4, Jaime Renshaw 2, Kirsten Bures 2. Assists: Renshaw 24. Digs: Katie Ellard 19, Renshaw 13, Joslyn Crow 10. Aces: Renshaw 1. Blocks: Mendenhall 4, Creek 3.
Records: Jamestown 11-0, 9-0 GPAC. Doane 3-8, 1-8.