Defenders And Jamestown Rekindle Volleyball Rivalry
- Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2021
The Dordt Defenders will travel to Jamestown, North Dakota to face the Jimmies with the junior varsity contest at 6:00 and the varsity contest getting underway at about 7:30 on Wednesday, September 15.
The Jimmies were rated no. 2 in the first in-season poll released on August 25. The next poll will be released on Wednesday, September 15. Jamestown will likely continue to hold the no. 2 spot after starting the season with an 11-0 record and a 2-0 mark in league play. Jamestown’s two wins in league play are over Morningside and Northwestern and Northwestern is the only team to take a set from the Jimmies this season.
Jon Hegerle’s team is averaging 15.2 kill per set with a .319 kill efficiency and the Jimmies are scoring 2.53 points per set on blocks. Anna Holen leads the team with a 3.24 kills per set average while Kalli Hegerle is at 2.74 kills per outing with a .329 kill efficiency while Corina Huff is good for 2.61 kills and Jayla Ritter adds 2.47. Megan Gaffaney and Jackie Meiklejohn average 5.71 and 7.11 assists per set and Meiklejohn has a team high 17 ace serves for a team that averages nearly two aces per set. Ellie Holen leads the Jimmies with 4.91 digs and Jayla Ritter tops the team with 1.15 blocks per contest.
The Defenders are 10-1 this season and lost for the first time this season on September 10 when Viterbo tripped them in Lacrosse, Wisconsin by a 3-0 score. The Defenders bounced back from the loss with a pair of 3-0 wins over UM-Dearborn and Rocky Mountain on Saturday.
Dordt is averaging 13.08 kills per set with a .205 kill efficiency and the Defenders are limiting opponents to a .134 kill efficiency. Dordt has scored 2.14 points per set on blocks and is averaging 1.66 ace serves per set as a team with a 63-37 ace serves advantage on opponents.
Corrina Timmermans leads the team with a 4.03 kills per set average and Jessi Franken is good for 2.68 while Brenna Krommendyk adds 2.55 and Alli Timmermans contributes 2.09. Krommendyk is among the nation’s leaders in blocks per set with a 1.29 average and Erica Bousema leads the defense off the net with a 5.5 digs per set average. Megan Raszler and Campbell Marshall split the setting with 5.53 and 5.03 assists per set respectively.
Jamestown played Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday, September 11 and swept the Mustangs 25-23, 25-19, 25-17. Hegerle put down 14 kills and Taylor Sabinash added eight while Huff, Ritter and Holen all had seven kills. Ellie Holen had 22 digs and Jackie Meiklejohn added 24 assists.
The Defenders went 3-1 at a classic hosted by Viterbo in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and beat Rocky Mountain in their final match of the weekend 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-17). Corrina Timmermans had 16 kills and Brenna Krommendyk 10 while Marshall put up 19 assists and Raszler 13. Bousema got to a match high 16 digs.
Jamestown has won the last four matches in the series with Dordt’s last win in the matchup coming on October 9, 2018. The series is now deadlocked 7-7.
Dakota Wesleyan 1-0/10-1
College of Saint Mary 3-1/13-2
Briar Cliff 0-3/5-7
Mount Marty 0-4/5-6
- Mount Marty @ College of Saint Mary
- Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan
- Doane @ Concordia
- Hastings @ Midland
- Dordt @ Jamestown
- Briar Cliff @ Jamestown
- Morningside @ Dakota Wesleyan
- Concordia @ Hastings
- Briar Cliff @ Jamestown
Midland @ Doane
Dordt will e off until September 22 when the Defenders will host Dakota Wesleyan in GPAC play.