Team win: Jimmies sweep Flames in Omaha
Working as a team makes getting sweeps a whole lot easier for the Jimmies.
The University of Jamestown women's volleyball team swept College of St. Mary 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 Saturday afternoon. The Jimmies will travel back to Jamestown after a weekend trip down south with an 8-0 overall record and 6-0 record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).
"I thought our whole team did a nice job today," UJ head coach Jon Hegerle said. "I thought all of our players hit pretty well and it was a good team effort today."
The Jimmies recorded an average hitting percentage of .375 while the Flames had some trouble with three front row players in the negative. The home team posted a .045 average at the net and racked up 20 errors compared to the Jimmies' eight.
St. Mary was missing a few key players on Saturday, which was something that contributed to a match Hegerle called "sort of lopsided." With the loss, the Flames dropped to 7-2 and 2-2 in the GPAC.
UJ was once again anchored by junior outside Anna Holen who topped the charts with 10 kills. Kalli Hegerle, who posted a .538 attacking percentage on the right side, Corina Huff and Nicole Schmitz all tallied eight kills.
Hegerle also commended his team's serving game as the Jimmies had 74 service attempts compared to St. Mary's four. Ellie Holen served up the Jimmies' only ace.
Saturday was the Jimmies' second win of the weekend. UJ downed GPAC rival Dakota Wesleyan in four-sets on Friday.
"It's tough on backs and joints and just the physical side of it," Hegerle said of cranking out a pair of wins in less than 24 hours. "In the same token sometimes being on the road is a little bit easier because there are a lot fewer distractions."
UJ will have to prepare for more distractions next week. The Jimmies are slated to host the GPAC's No. 2 team, Concordia University, on Friday. Northwestern snapped the Bulldogs 5-0 win streak Saturday.
"They're really good," Hegerle said of Concordia. "We're just going to have to play with a lot of energy and a lot of confidence and go after them. We'll have to serve really tough on Friday and limit our errors."
University of Jamestown 3, College of St. Mary's 0
UJ 25 25 25
SM 14 15 17 '
UJ -- Kills: Holen 10, Schmitz 8, Huff 8, Hegerle 8, Taylor Sabinash 5, Jayla Ritter 5. Assists: Megan Gaffaney 19, Jackie Meiklejohn 17. Digs: Anna Holen 10, Sydney Ellingson 9, Jackie Meiklejohn 8, Megan Gaffaney 7, Hannah Schiele 6, Ellie Holen 3. Aces: E. Holen 1.
SM -- Kills: Elizabeth Dlouhy 5, Kamryn Willman 5, MacKenzie Melton 4, Makenna Freeman 4. Assists: Madlyn Christiansen 10, Alexis Petry 10. Digs: Rachel Cushing 11, Freeman 7, Petry 4, Alicia Hogan 4.