A solid team-effort of attacking the ball at the net, combined with a boisterous Jamestown College fan base, equaled success for the Jimmie volleyball team against Mayville State University at the Hansen Center on Wednesday night.
Jimmie hitters Sarah Becker (17), Kaitlyn Rogalla (12), Katie Zent (10), Janna Johnson (9) and Alaina Brown (7) combined for 55 kills to help the Jimmies roll past the Comets 3-1 in the team's first appearance on their home court this season.
Jamestown College entered the night having swept four straight matches at the Dakota Wesleyan Labor Day Classic in Mitchell, S.D. over the weekend, and Wednesday's victory pushed the Jimmies to a record of 9-2 to start the season.
"It was great energy, and a great atmosphere here," Jamestown College head coach Jon Hegerle said. "It's fun for us to be back, with everyone hooting and hollering. We haven't seen that yet this year."
The Jimmies impressed in the opening set, building up an 11-point lead before winning it by 12 at 25-13. An ace and a pair of assists to Becker by freshman setter Kaia Buck, of Kasson, Minnesota, helped the Jimmies forge ahead 14-5 in the frame, and the home team never really looked back.
Becker was deadly all evening, ending the match with a hitting percentage of over .500 at .515.
But the Jimmies struggled at times over the next two sets to the Comets, who came to Jamestown with just one loss on the season at 9-1. The Jimmies got behind early in both games, winning the second 25-22 but falling in the third 25-21.
"We knew Mayville is a scrappy team. They do what they do well," Hegerle said. "They don't make a ton of errors. They make you beat them, and I thought they played well in set two and three.