Jimmies roll DSU: University of Jamestown takes 2nd sweep of the season over Dickinson State
When the Dickinson State volleyball team moved the ball around, it had success.
The times the Blue Hawks didn't, the University of Jamestown took full advantage.
Jamestown took every ounce of momentum, especially in the second set, to take a nonconference sweep of DSU 25-22, 25-12, 25-22 on Wednesday at Scott Gymnasium.
"We kind of got frustrated a little bit in the second set and just didn't stick with our mantra of playing smart," DSU head coach Jon Stedman said. "We kind of just threw balls over the net. In the first and third sets, we made their defenders move which made their passing worse, which kept the balls away from their middles and we knew their middles were strong."
Strong is exactly right as the Jimmies' biggest contributors were seniors Sarah Becker and Alex Hanson, who supplied a 13 and 11 kills, respectively.
Jamestown head coach Jon Hegerle said the area where the Jimmies succeeded the most during the second set was first passes to their setters.
"We do have a good mix of hitters to where we have a number of weapons in the front row," Hegerle said. "When we pass the ball well and when we are in system, it creates a mismatch for the other team. I thought, in set two, we just passed the ball and then we got rolling offensively."
In turn, Jamestown's setters of Kaia Buck and Kelsey Deragisch dished up 19 and 17 assists, respectively. Becker said the setters spread the ball around to every spot on the court.
"A lot (of the setters ability to distribute the ball) comes from the passing and we had good passes today, so the setters were able to put the ball wherever they wanted," Becker said. "They do a nice job of that, so it's always good."
For the Blue Hawks, Stedman and company see the potential, but haven't been continually consistent. In the first and third sets, the Blue Hawks were playing point-for-point with the Jimmies, but Jamestown had the final say with Janna Johnson and Becker supplying the set-winning kills.
"We fought hard in the first and third set," said DSU outside hitter Melissa Avila, who had a game-high 17 kills. "We knew where they were going to go with the ball and we started to shift our offense and defense. We just tried to keep them out of position."
After an intense battle in the first set, the Blue Hawks were looking to continually apply pressure to the Jimmies' passing game.
However, Jamestown picked up some easy passes and allowed its middle hitters to start teeing off. The Jimmies jumped out to a 15-4 lead and never let DSU back in the set.
Jamestown's Kaitlyn Bollingberg, who only had one kill during the match, finished out the second set.
Though the Jimmies had a two-set lead, Hegerle isn't comfortable until the final point hits the floor. Jamestown lost to the University of Sioux Falls 3-2 on Oct. 3, after being up 2-0.
"I never feel comfortable, but I'm completely paranoid," Hegerle said. "I don't feel comfortable until it is done. Volleyball is such a unique sport, especially college volleyball, because there are a number on the Blue Hawks team that I have tremendous respect for that I know, if they get wind under their wings, watch out."
Though the Blue Hawks put another match into the loss column, Stedman was pleased how the team played the Jimmies the second time around. In the team's first meeting, the Jimmies breezed past DSU 25-9, 25-19, 25-16.
"We've played some really tough competition, so we've kind of seen it all," Stedman said. "We've grown through it and we've kept our heads up."
DSU looks to the future when it hosts Presentation College on Friday and Montana Tech on Saturday. Avila believes if the Blue Hawks as well as it did during the first and third sets, they can play with anyone.
"From the beginning of the season until now, we are a completely different team," she said. "We have all started to know who is where and we've just started to flow a lot better, which is allowing us to do what we want to do. Throughout the season we've been getting better and better and if we play as well as we played in the first and third set for the rest of the season, there's no doubt that wins are going to come our way."
UJ 25 25 25 -- 3
DSU 22 12 22 -- 0
Kills: UJ, Sarah Becker 13, Alex Hanson 11, Alaina Brown 6, Janna Johnson 5, Kaitlin Anderson 4, Sarah Didychuk 3, Kaitlyn Bollingberg 1, Kelsey Deragisch 1. DSU, Melissa Avila 17, Kelly O'Connor 7, Magdalyn Rauser 5, Linaya Schroeder 3.
Blocks: UJ, Anderson 2, Becker 1, Johnson 1, Bollingberg 1, Emily Berge 1. DSU, Kate Golding 3, Rauser 1, Avila 2.
Aces: UJ, Elise Peterson 2, Jill Gustafson 1, Deragisch 1, Brown 1. DSU, Meghan Meyer 2, Avila 1.
Digs: UJ, Amanda Kramer 15, Brown 8, Peterson 6, Kala Buck 2, Deragisch 2, Johnson 2, didychuk 1, Becker 1, Anderson 1. DSU, Natasha Malana 14, Avila 6, Justine Braunagel 5, Meyer 5, O'Connor 5, Jenifer Huebner 3, Morgan Lutz 2, Aly Schieno 1, Schroeder 1, Rauser 1.
Assists: UJ, Buck 19, Deragisch 17, Kramer 1. DSU, O'Connor 19, Lutz 8, Malana 1, Braunagel 1, Whitney Weidow 1.