Fri. College Volleyball..

UJ 3 Concordia Neb 0

In a matchup of the top two Great Plains Athletic Conference women’s volleyball teams entering Friday, the University of Jamestown came away with the victory, defeating Concordia (Neb.) University 3-0 at Harold Newman Arena. Set scores were 25-22, 25-22, and 25-18.

Jamestown improves to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in the GPAC while Concordia is 7-2 overall and in the conference. Northwestern (Iowa) moved into second place in the GPAC standings at 7-1 with a 3-0 win over Doane (Neb.) on Friday.

The Jimmies host Midland (Neb.) University Saturday at 5 p.m.

Set one was close throughout as UJ led by no more than three and Concordia two with both teams trying to find their offense. UJ pulled ahead 21-19 but back-to-back points by the Bulldogs tied the match. Jamestown rallied for four of the next five points, finishing set one with a kill by Kalli Hegerle (JR/West Fargo, N.D.).

Concordia maintained the lead through the middle of the second set, leading 17-14 and 18-15 before the Jimmies got going. Down 19-17, Jamestown got back-to-back kills from Corina Huff (SR/Breezy Point, Minn.) to force a Bulldog timeout. A kill by Nicole Schmitz (FR/Oakes, N.D.) was followed by a Concordia attack error, then Schmitz slammed another ball home to make it 22-19. Another Huff kill and Bulldog attack error pushed the lead to 24-19. Concordia scored the next three points, cutting UJ’s lead to 24-22, but as in the first set, Hegerle ended set two with another kill.

In set three, Concordia led 12-11 before a 7-0 Jimmie run switched the momentum and gave the home team new life. Jamestown would trail by no less than five, even extending the lead to as many as eight at 24-16.

Huff finished with 11 kills and hit .333 for the match. Hegerle added eight kills and Taylor Sabinash (JR/Kensal, N.D.) hit a team-high .500 with seven kills in 12 attempts.

Jackie Meiklejohn (JR/Dickey, N.D.) passed out 17 assists and Megan Gaffaney (JR/Jamestown, N.D.) 14 in helping UJ hit .244 as a team.

Hannah Schiele (JR/Jamestown, N.D.) had three of Jamestown’s six service aces.

Anna Holen (JR/LaMoure, N.D.) led the defense with 12 digs while Sydney Ellingson (SR/Langdon, N.D.) had 11. Ritter totaled four blocks on the night with Huff and Hegerle adding three (one solo, two assists).