September 21, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – The University of Jamestown (N.D.), North Star Athletic Association volleyball preseason favorite to win the league title, swept Dakota State (S.D.) Saturday afternoon at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Jimmies earned their eight straight victory by the scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-17 over the Trojans.
Dakota State dipped their overall record to 5-15. The Trojans finished their first-half of the NSAA schedule with a 2-2 conference record. Jamestown, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Volleyball Preseason Poll, raised their record to 12-4 and undefeated in NSAA conference play with a 3-0.
The Jimmies raced to a 9-3 lead in the opening set before DSU called its first timeout. At 17-12, Jamestown closed the first set with an 8-2 scoring run (25-14) to earn a 1-0 match lead. The Jimmies hit .500 in the first set (18 kills with 2 errors in 32 attempts), while Dakota State hit .267 (11 kills with 3 errors in 30 attempts).
UJ and DSU went through the second set with 15 ties and four lead changes. With DSU leading at 15-14, the Jimmies scored five straight points to regain their lead at 19-15. The Trojans were unable to come back as the Jamestown won the second set 25-19 to extend their match lead to 2-0.
The Jimmies and Trojans battled through the third set with seven ties and one lead change. Trailing 7-6, UJ went on a 5-0 run to earn a 12-7 lead. DSU was able to get no closer than one point at 11-10, but Jamestown closed the match with a 14-7 scoring run (25-17) to earn a 3-0 match win.
Katherine Gonzalez led DSU's defense with 12 digs. Schuller added nine digs. Pick had two block assists.
Vander Wal and Viesselman each had a service ace for the Trojans.
Sarah Becker hit .667 with 14 kills in 21 attempts for Jamestown. Janna Johnson added nine kills. Alex Hanson recorded eight kills. Kelsey Deragisch and Kaia Buck each produced 20 assists.
Amanda Kramer had a match-high 15 digs and three service aces for UJ. Deragisch and Alaina Brown each had 10 digs. Kaitlin Anderson recorded four block assists. Hanson added three block assists.
Jamestown outhit DSU 48-30. The Jimmies hit .300 in the match (48 kills with 15 errors in 110 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .135 (30 kills with 16 errors in 104 attempts).
UJ had seven blocks (1 solo block and 12 block assists). DSU had three blocks (6 block assists).
Jamestown recorded 58 digs in the match compared to the Trojans' 47 digs.
Prior to the match, the Trojan Volleyball team recognized their senior – Shayna Dwyer, who was with the DSU volleyball team for four seasons. She recorded nine serves with one service error. The Trojan Volleyball team also recognized their parents when their line-ups were announced as part of Parents' Day.
The Jimmies won the junior varsity match in three straight sets.
Dakota State looks to end their losing streak on Thursday as they host Saint Mary (Neb.) in a homecoming match. DSU's third match of the current five-match home stand is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director