Jays Comeback in State Championship Falls Short

 

FARGO, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Jamestown High volleyball team put up the fight of their lives against the high-powered Century Patriots in the Class A state volleyball championship, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough. Century won 3-2 (27-25, 25-19, 26-28, 24-26, 15-10) behind a monster final set from Lauren Ware.

Jamestown trailed 24-20 in the first set and nearly completed the comeback when they tied it at 24 and appeared to have tied it at 26. As the Jays were celebrating an apparent tip kill, Century saved the ball with a pancake dive and eventually won the point on a hitting error.

After dropping the second set, Jamestown completed the comeback they couldn’t in the first set. The Patriots had four championship points and looked like they were going to sweep their way to the title. The Jays scored four straight to tie it at 24 and eventually got a tip kill from Courtney Peterson to send the match on.

Jamestown needed extra points in the fourth, but for the second time in five years the Jays and Patriots were headed to a decisive fifth set to decide the title. However, this time it was Century with the victory. Ware had six kills and buried Jamestown early.

Century won their fourth title in seven straight trips to the championship match.

The Jays finished the season at 37-7 with a 1-3 record against Century. The two teams played 17 sets and the edge went to Century 9-8 and they outscored Jamestown 380-365.

Senior setter Megan Gaffaney was named Class A senior athlete of the year.


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