Jamestown downs Blue Hawks in four sets
From a big picture standpoint, Dickinson State's Cancer Awareness Night, organized by the Blue Hawks and held at Dickinson High gymnasium as a doubleheader between DSU and the University of Jamestown and DHS and Jamestown High School, was a big s...
From a big picture standpoint, Dickinson State's Cancer Awareness Night, organized by the Blue Hawks and held at Dickinson High gymnasium as a doubleheader between DSU and the University of Jamestown and DHS and Jamestown High School, was a big success.
A sizable crowd, most dressed in pink, watched on as DSU players honored living and since-passed victims of breast cancer.
For the Blue Hawks, the only thing missing was a victory over the 19th-ranked Jimmies. DSU battled back to tie the game at one set apiece, but Jamestown ultimately proved to be too much to handle, winning the next two sets, and the match by a tally of 3-1.
Late in the first set, the score was 24-23 in favor of the Jimmies. The Blue Hawks had just scored four straight to get within one, but after a Jamestown timeout, DSU (9-15, 5-5 North Star Athletic Association) surrendered the set-clinching point.
In a similar scenario a set later, DSU, trailing 23-22, came all the way back for a scrappy 27-25 set victory.
"We played with a lot of intensity in that second set and we kept our mistakes to a really low level," said Tessa Sian, who finished with five kills and five digs. "Jamestown is a great team so we just have to make sure that we're playing aggressive but also playing smart, and I think that we did that in that second set."
The Jimmies committed eight errors in their only losing set, and after intermission, came out a more determined team. They made eight more errors for the rest of the match and took the final sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-17.
"We did a much better job passing and serving. I also thought we did a much better job blocking the ball. To their credit, Dickinson did a tremendous job defensively in recovering. We blocked a ton of balls and they just kept covering and covering and covering," said Jamestown head coach Jon Hegerle. "But after the set we dropped we just settled down and just made better plays."
Danielle Boyette led the Blue Hawks with 12 kills and 19 digs, and she also had 18 assists. Keera Stookey added 21 assists and 11 digs. Jamestown's fast-paced offense, though, was a step ahead of DSU for most of the game and finished with three different players with double digit kills.
"They're a great defensive team and when you give them your best hit and they just dig it up every time it's kind of tough," said head coach Jen Hartman. "We probably got a little tired there, but we tried hard. They're just a wonderful team."
University of Jamestown 3, Dickinson State 1
UJ 25 25 25 25 - 1
DSU 23 27 19 17 - 3
Kills: DSU, Danielle Boyette 12, Brenna Hansen 7, Shelby Gustafson 6. UJ, Morgan Hensch 14, Kaitlin Anderson 12, Heather Bachman 10.
Blocks: DSU, Tessa Sian 3, Gustafson 2. UJ, Anderson 3.
Aces: DSU, Boyette 1, Gustafson 1, Shaylee Singleton 1, Kaitlyn Anderson 1. UJ, Aubrey Beaumont 2, Whitney King 2.
Digs: DSU, Boyette 19, Singleton 12, Alli Hert 12. UJ, Nicole Warren 30, Beaumont 11.
Assists: DSU, Keera Stookey 21, Boyette 18. UJ, Beaumont 25.