Nov. 19—BISMARCK — The Jamestown High School volleyball team didn't even get the chance at the state tournament last season.
What a difference a year can make.
The Blue Jays found themselves playing in the Class A State semifinals Friday evening matching up against West Fargo Sheyenne. The Mustangs were the No. 1 team entering the state tourney having dropped just six sets all year long.
It was a tall order and the Blue Jays' efforts just fell short.
West Fargo Sheyenne took care of business against the Blue Jays, sweeping Jamestown 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 to advance to its first-ever appearance in the state championship match. The Mustangs are slated to face Bismarck Century in the title game at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bismarck Events Center.
Jamestown will take on Bismarck Legacy in the third-place game at 4 p.m. The Blue Jays have won two of the last three against Legacy.
You can bet Jamestown's going to give everything it has to claim that third-place trophy — just like they did in the semis.
One of Jamestown's biggest advantages against the Mustangs came from its service pressure. The squad delivered five aces against Sheyenne's defense in set No. 3 en route to an early 8-3 advantage
The five-point advantage was the Jays' largest lead of the night.
The Jays trailed by as many as 11 points in set No. 1 but the squad's scrappy defense kept the Jays in rallies and helped to pull them back within five to eventually make it a 15-10 ball game but the momentum kept swinging back to favor Sheyenne.
Lexus Terhark delivered a powerful kill which Isabelle Albrecht followed up with a big-time block to claim a 17-10 lead.
While the Jays kept getting beat up front, their defense was still humming midway through the second. Rylee Joseph and Aspyn Peterson helped the Jays set up another five points.
The Mustangs weren't going to let the Jays steal their thunder though and after some back and forth Sheyenne locked down and won three of the next four to win the second 25-16.
After earning a comfortable lead in the third, it looked as though the Blue Jays were going to force a fourth set but with senior Kailee Waasdorp leading the charge, Sheyenne mounted a big-time comeback. A final kill from Mya Bloedow secured the sweep.
"Losing in three is hard," JHS head coach Sara Hegerle said. "I wouldn't have guessed that was going to happen tonight but there's a reason why the Mustangs have lost six sets all year. They put a lot of pressure on teams, they don't ever let up. I don't think they had more than three hitting errors all night and we had a lot. I hope they do well tomorrow."
West Fargo Sheyenne 3, Jamestown 0
JHS 18 16 18
WFS 25 25 25
Final stats not provided.