FARGO, N.D. ( NewsDakota.com) – Coming into Friday night’s match with West Fargo, Jamestown was 2-0 in state semifinal matches. The Blue Jays are now 2-1 following the Packers 3-0 win at the Fargodome Friday. The Packers won 26-24, 25-6, 25-19 and advance to their first championship match since 2007.
In the first set, neither team could gain control. The set was tied 14 times. Jamestown’s biggest lead was five points. That happened twice at 10-5 and 12-7. But the Packers would go on a 7-1 run to take a 14-13 lead. The Blue Jays would regain the lead at 16-15. The would get it to two at 19-17, but West Fargo came back to tie it at 21. The Jays last lead of the match was at 21-20. The Packers would take the lead, Jamestown would tie it until the Packers scored the last two points for the 26-24 win.
That momentum continued into the second set for the Packers. The would score the first 10 points of the set. Jamestown would make it 10-1 but that was the last time the lead was single digits. West Fargo cruised to a 25-6 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Jamestown has been in that spot before in the semifinals. They trailed Mandan 2-0 in the 2017 semifinals, only to come back and win it in five. But the Packers would not going to let that happen.
The third set was even early on with West Fargo leading by no more that two up to the point where the score was 7-5. The Packers would then go on an 8-1 run, including six straight to take control of the match ad lead 15-6. That lead would get to 17-7 before Jamestown looked like they would make a comeback. A 9-4 run by the Blue Jays made it 21-16. But the two teams would alternate points from there and West Fargo would win 25-19 to take the match in three.
Jamestown was lead by seniors Ella Roaldson and Grace Hegerle. Roaldson had a team high nine kills and three blocks. Hegerle had six kills and 11 digs. Katie Trumbauer had 10 assists for Jamestown. Senior Libero Rachel Schiele had a team high 18 digs to lead the offense.
West Fargo had three players record double-doubles. Erin Binstock had 14 kills and 17 digs. Halle Erickson had a team high 15 kills and 12 assists and Olivia Soine had a team high 19 assists and 15 digs. Erickson nearly had the triple-double by adding eight digs. The Packer defense was vey strong. Two other players were in double figures in digs. Libero Maddie Waldera had a team high 26 and Emily Larsen had 13. Chloe Pfau and Erickson each had three blocks.
Jamestown will now play Fargo Davies in the third place match today at 4pm. You can hear that match on Jamestown 107.1 beginning with the pregame at 3:45. The Packers would face Bismarck Century in the title match. The Patriots defeated Davies 3-0 in the semifinals. Century will be after its eighth state title in its 18th state title match. West Fargo will be going after its second state title in its sixth title match.