Jamestown High School head volleyball coach Sara Hegerle has been saying the same thing about the game of volleyball ever since she started coaching.
"Volleyball is supposed to be fun."
Tuesday night, the game got fun again for the JHS volleyball team.
Jamestown easily defeated Turtle Mountain 25-13, 25-6, 25-16 to move to 13-5 overall and 7-4 in the WDA standings. While the Jays are currently ranked sixth in the WDA, the team will have the chance to improve upon its record on Thursday with a WDA match against Minot scheduled for 7 p.m. at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Blue Jays will also see action at the Fargo Scheels Tournament Friday and Saturday.
"I felt good about it," Hegerle said of the win over the Bravettes. "No matter who we are playing we are working really hard at getting our energy up. We just focused a lot on the energy, getting to the sub line quicker, being quicker getting places on the court, I thought our kids did a better job of that."
While the Bravettes did little defensively against the Jays, the home team gave up a few too many points in the first. Misreads on defense and missed hits on offense helped fuel a 7-3 run by the Bravettes to make it 15-10 Blue Jays.
"At the beginning, we had a little bit of a rough start but then Sara talked to us and told us to get the energy up," junior outside Bernadette Newman said. "Our team is so hype with all of our cheers and stuff. It's really hard to be hyper when you play a lower-level team but we came up to the top with the cheering."
Turtle Mountain was only able to conjure up three more points before the Blue Jays ended it 25-13.
It was pretty clear who the momentum favored in the second set.
By the time the Bravettes tallied four points, Jamestown was 10 points away from clinching set No. 2. The Blue Jays' play turned methodical with textbook pass-set-hit plays.
Libero Jenna Fischer and the defensive specialist Aspyn Peterson helped the Jays to a 2.03 passing average. Peterson led the back row with nine digs while Fischer kept eight balls in play. Setters Katie Trumbauer and Makenna Nold combined for 28 of the team's 32 assists while Newman was the team's kill leader for the second-straight match. Newman recorded 12 kills.
Rylee Joseph and Kaia Dillman were the team's leaders behind the line, combining for nine of the Jays' 15 aces.
Jamestown's dynamic hitting and tough serving helped to grow the once 11-point to 19. Kaia Dillman ended the 25-6 game with an ace.
The Bravettes' largest lead of the match was a 2-0 advantage that came in the third set. While Jamestown easily overcame the two-point deficit, the two teams found themselves within five points of each other up until a Turtle Mountain error made it 19-13 Blue Jays. The Jays turned their attention to the bench where Allie Panchot was waiting to help give the team the last spark it needed.
"Allie Panchot is a good player," Hegerle said. "She works hard in practice, she's got a great attitude, she's our spirit person. I feel confident when she goes in -- I am not nervous one bit and that means a lot. She's such a sparkplug. She's doing her job, playing her role."
Panchot unloaded on the Bravettes' defense, hammering home four balls. The senior outside also tallied a dig. The match ended with a 1-2-3 play from Haylie Hakanson, to Trumbauer to Newman.
"I just feel like we needed one good win (because) we had a tough loss last week," Newman said. "I think high energy really helps us get our momentum back. It doesn't matter who we beat, it really helps get our momentum back."
Jamestown 3, Turtle Mountain 0
TMCHS 13 6 16
JHS 25 25 25
TMCHS -- Stats not provided.
JHS -- TMCHS -- Kills: Newman 12, Haylie Hakanson 7, Hunter Petersen 6, Katie Falk 6, Annie Nabwe 5, Panchot 4, Trumbauser 1. Assists: Trumbauer 18, Nold 10. Digs: Peterson 9, Fischer 8, Trumbauer 4, Jada Walter 3, Nold 2, Joseph 2, Panchot 1. Aces: Joseph 5, Dillman 4, Fischer 2, Peterson 2, Trumbauer 1, Nold 1. Blocks: Petersen 1, Hakanson 1, Trumbauer 1, Nabwe 1.
Records: Jamestown 13-5, 7-4 WDA; TMCHS 0-11, 0-10