Blue Jay players and fans alike were all smiles at Jerry Meyer Arena on Saturday -- for good reason.
The Jamestown High School volleyball team picked up its second win of the week Saturday afternoon, with a sweep of Watford City. The Jays outscored the Wolves 25-7, 25-13, 25-17 to move to 5-1 in the conference standings and 11-2 overall. Watford City is still winless when looking at the WDA records. The Wolves have picked up just two non-conference wins so far this year.
"Watford City graduated a lot of players last year- so this is a rebuilding year for them," JHS head coach Sara Hegerle said. "That just means that you don’t know what to expect from them- I thought we had good control of our game from beginning to end."
The sweep capped off a busy week for the Blue Jays.
The action started on Tuesday with the Blue Jays taking care of Mandan in four sets, outscoring the visitors 25-16, 25-12, 25-21, 26-24. The win over Mandan put the Jays at 4-0 in conference but the undefeated streak was snapped on Thursday when Bismarck Century came to town. The Patriots defeated the Jays 3-1 Thursday to improve to 5-0 in the West and 12-0 overall.
"It isn’t fun to lose- that’s for sure but this is still a game and it is supposed to be enjoyable," Hegerle said. "This was a good match to get us going for a big week of games next week."
After some mental and technical errors on the court Thursday, the Jays needed a match to relax and regain some mojo, as the team has two tough road tests ahead of them next week. The Jays are set to square off against Bismarck High Tuesday and will travel to Minot on Thursday. Bismarck is currently the No. 2 team in the West at 5-0 and 10-2 overall. Minot is holding steady at the No. 5 spot at 2-2 in the West
Both of the conference tilts are set to begin at 7 p.m.
From the first serve Saturday it was clear who was in control of the match.
Hunter Petersen and Haylie Hakanson were the Jays' two leaders at the net, combining for 15 kills. Varsity newcomer, Bernadette Newman also collected on five attacks hitting at .444. Six of the Jays' seven threats in the front row were hitting at .333 or better.
"We talked a lot about things that happened on Thursday night against Century," Hegerle said. "We definitely want to bring more energy to every match- no matter who we are playing."
Energy for each play Saturday began with the Blue Jay defense passing up a good ball to setters Makenna Nold and Katie Trumbauer. Senior libero Jenna Fischer accounted for 10 of the Jays' 29 collective digs while Trumbauer and Jada Walter each recorded four. Walter and Rylee Joseph also gave the Jays some momentum from the service line -- combining for five of the team's nine aces.
All 13 of Hegerle's varsity athletes recorded a stat in at least one category against the Wolves.
"I love that everyone got to play," Hegerle said. "They all work hard in practice and deserve playing time."
Who will be on the court against the Demons and Majettes is still a mystery, but after three tough tests at home, Hegerle said her team learned some important lessons that will hopefully keep the Jays mentally tough against two of the biggest threats in the WDA.
"We learned that we need to be better prepared for our matches- no matter who the opponent is," Hegerle said. "That falls on me as the coach- I need to bring them to a more competitive level at practice. Sometimes we worry about all of the wrong things and lose track of just plain old 'gettin after it.'
Jamestown 3, Watford City 0
WC 7 13 17
JHS 25 25 25
WC -- Stats not provided.
JHS -- Kills: Petersen 8, Hakanson 7, Newman 5, Nold 4, Annie Nabwe 2, Allie Panchot 1, Trumbauer 1, Katie Falk 1 Assists: Trumbauer 16, Nold 2. Digs: Fischer 10, Jada Walter 4, Trumbauer 4, Nold 3, Petersen 2, Rylee Joseph 2, Aspyn Peterson 2, Hakanson 1, Falk 1, Kaia Dillman 1. Aces: Walter 3, Joseph 2, Dillman 2. Nold 1, Trumbauer 1. Blocks: Petersen 1, Nold 1, Trumbauer 1, Falk 1, Newman 1, Nabwe 1.
Records: Jamestown 11-2; 5-1 WDA; Watford City 2-10; 0-5