It is always a good day in the Hegerle household when both the Jamestown High School and University of Jamestown women's volleyball teams get a win.
Saturday proved to be one of those "good days"
The action began at Jerry Meyer Arena, where the Jays easily beat Williston 25-7, 25-11, 25-12 to move up to 10-5 in the WDA standings and 19-10 overall. The Coyotes have only managed two conference wins this season.
The Jays have a road trip to Dickinson scheduled for Tuesday. First serve is slated for 8 p.m.
After suffering a tough 3-0 loss to Bismarck High on Oct. 14, head coach Sara Hegerle said the win over Williston gave the Jays' a much-needed boost of confidence.
"It's easier to have confidence against teams you 'should' beat based on the standings, but we've seen this year that it really doesn't matter what team we play because any team can come and get you," Sara said. "Williston has got something going but our kids competed hard."
The head coach said the Jays have been working hard at keeping a high level of energy and communicating on every ball contact, a feat that proved fruitful from the first whistle against the Coyotes.
Jays began the first set with a 9-2 run and made it to 18 points by the time the Coyotes had conjured up five total points. A few more reps with their new lineup gave the Jays' back row, some practice transitioning and reading opposing hitters' hands.
"I really like this new lineup," senior libero Jenna Fischer said. "Just the other day we were talking about talking a little more on defense and I think we put that to work today. We practiced calling out where the hitter was going to hit it and we've been practicing a lot more diving and going for balls.
"The talking also helps our energy and we pound the ball harder. It all came together today."
Fischer was the anchor in the back row, passing up eight balls to setters Katie Trumbauer and Makenna Nold. While Fischer has been on the Jays' varsity roster since her sophomore season, 2021 marks the first year she's been stationed in the back row. Fischer took over for three-year starter, Rachel Schiele.
"I am working on the confidence piece too," Fischer said. "Today I think it went better. It was very nerve-wracking in the beginning, but we just all have so much chemistry that we all build each other up throughout the game. It helps a lot because you always know that you can trust the person next to you."
Set No. 2 took a very similar tone early on with the Blue Jays establishing another seven-point lead. Williston managed a 2-0 run to come within five of the game leaders, but dynamic and balanced attacks from all three f the Jays' attackers made it a challenge to get any closer.
While the Coyotes capitalized on a few missed serves by the Jays, the home team's lead soon grew to 10 points. Up 19-9, the Jays rattled off a 6-2 run to end it. Katie Falk tallied the set-winning score with a kill smashed off the block.
As has been typical, after winning the first two, the Jays came a little slower to begin the third. Williston took advantage of the flat start and managed to tie it up at four points apiece before the Jays went on an unanswered run to pull ahead 8-4.
Williston got close coming within two, but after the Jays got back in system, there was no going back. The Jays quickly advanced through the remaining 17 points to end it 25-12.
"I thought today was a very good step in the right direction," Sara said. "It makes me excited for Tuesday."
UJ ends weekend with sweep No. 19
An hour after the Jays got their 10th conference win of the season, UJ head volleyball coach Jon Hegerle's squad cruised to its 23rd straight victory.
UJ downed visiting Hastings College 25-16, 25-8, 25-14 to maintain its top position in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings. The Jimmies are 12-0 in the GPAC
The Jimmies will be in non-conference action Monday evening at longtime rival Valley City State University. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. UJ previously swept the Vikings on Sept. 17.
"We usually do highlights after the game, but I told them they were all highlights tonight," Jon said. "They all did a really nice job beginning to end."
The Jimmies found themselves in a tight race with the Broncos the opening set, with kills from Hastings' Amani Monroe keeping the visitors within two points. A couple of well-timed offensive plays by the Jimmies put them ahead 12-6. From there, the UJ held at least a five-point lead the rest of the frame.
"I thought our passing and our defense was really good," Jon said. "Our setters have been working on not being so predictable, which makes it a lot easier on our hitters because the block on the other side isn't as solid."
While the Broncos managed to get a 1-0 lead over the Jimmies to start the second, the one-point advantage turned into a 16-point Jimmie lead. A series of net violations, attack errors and shanked passes by the Broncos helped to fuel the Jimmies' fire and the score soon read 19-2 in the Jimmies' favor.
Ellie Holen and Anna Holen were the Jimmies' dig leaders, combining for 29 of the team's 54 digs.
"I told the team to make sure that we were the ones going after them and setting the pace and setting the tempo," Jon said. "We did a really nice job of defending them and blocking them when they were in system and I think that took a little bit of wind out of their sails."
The Broncos put together a 4-1 run to come within 15 of the game leaders, but it proved way too little way too late. Strong offensive threats from Anna Holen, Aleah Zieske and Corina Huff dominated the last four points and a kill from Zieske ended it 25-8.
Kalli Hegerle led the Jimmies in kills for the second-straight night with nine, while Zieske racked up seven on the outside. Kadyn Mehring led the Jimmies' in hitting percentage rate with a perfect 1.000.
All but two of the Broncos' attackers recorded a negative hitting percentage. Sydney Mullin led the team with five kills and a .158 hitting rate.
"A big part of this game is making the other team uncomfortable," Jon said. "We made them uncomfortable and that's when unforced errors happen."
While both Hegerle head coaches will be locked in and focused for their road matches early next week, the pair of wins on Saturday warranted some celebration over the weekend.
"When we are both winning it's a lot of fun," Sara said. "When one of us isn't winning, it's not as much fun at the house. Today will be a good day."
Jamestown 3, Williston 0
WIL 7 11 12
JHS 25 25 25
WIL -- Kills: 16 Assists: 15. Digs: 27. Aces: 2. Blocks: 1.
JHS -- Kills: Katie Falk 10, Bernadette Newman 8, Annie Nabwe 8, Hunter Petersen 7, Haylie Hakanson 2, Makenna Nold 1. Assists: Trumbauer 17, Nold 8. Digs: Fischer 8, Newman 8, Rylee Joseph 7, Trumbauer 4, Aspyn Peterson 3, Kaia Dillman 1, Falk 1, Jada Walter 1. Aces: Joseph 3, Newman 3, Trumbauer 2, Dillman 1. Blocks: Nabwe 3, Allie Panchot 1.
Records: Williston 8-19 overall, 2-12 WDA; Jamestown 19-10, 10-5.
University of Jamestown 3, Hastings College 0
HC 16 8 14
UJ 25 25 25
HC -- Kills: Mullin 5, Amani Monroe 4. Assists: Makenna Asher 10, Jaisee Stinson 6. Digs: Mullin 15, Ava Lovitt 11. Aces: Lovitt 1, Stinson 1.
UJ -- Kills: Hegerle 9, Zieske 7, Anna Holen 6, Jayla Ritter 6, Corina Huff 5, Taylor Sabinash 3, Kadyn Mehring 2, Megan Gaffaney 1, Logan Sherman 1. Assists: Jackie Meiklejohn 21, Gaffaney 13. Digs: Ellie Holen 15, A. Holen 14, Hannah Schiele 8, Meiklejohn 5, Gaffaney 3, Sabinash 3, Zieske 2, Hegerle 2, Ritter 1, Sherman 1. Aces: A. Holen 1, Meiklejohn 1, E. Holen 1, Gaffaney 1. Blocks: A. Holen 1, Ritter 1.
Records: Hastings College 14-10 overall, 5-7 GPAC; UJ 23-0, 12-0