JCC Earns Split On First Day

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Jamestown Community College volleyball team split their two matches at the NJCAA Division III Championship on Thursday.

In their morning match, the Jayhawks rolled to a 25-11, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Nassau CC, an effort Coach Ashley Lund described as “great.”

“Just to win that was definitely a goal,” she said. “Both times (I’ve been here before), we’d lost our first match. To win that first one was big.”

In the second match in the championship round in the afternoon, Jamestown CC fell to No. 2 Central Lakes, Minnesota, 26-24, 25-20, 25-14, but Lund felt good nonetheless.

“I honestly couldn’t be more proud of how we played in the first two sets,” she said. “We hung with them. They’re a good team. … We couldn’t get on the run we wanted to, but Central Lakes is (seeded high) for a reason. They passed, they hit, they moved the ball around really well. They’re a solid team. The fact we hung with them for at least two games says we can compete against those types of teams.”

The 1-1 record moves the Jayhawks into a 3 p.m. (eastern) match today against Lorain County. If they win, they’ll play in the fifth-place match. If they lose, they’ll play for seventh place.

“Obviously, a win is where our aim is,” Lund said. “Lorain is a tough team. We saw them play, and they’re definitely strong and have offensive threats, for sure. I hope to come out and play our best and take that win.”

The Jayhawks sure seized the opportunity in their first match yesterday against Nassau CC.

Jenna Caskey had three aces, 10 kills, 14 digs and two blocks; Kendyl Austin had 10 kills, four digs and one block; Kaylin Brumagin had six kills and four blocks; Sierra Wells had one ace, 29 kills, three kills and 12 digs; Maddie Russo had five kills, seven digs and four assists, and Cameryn Hawkins had three aces and 14 digs.

“It was a little bit of everybody,” Lund said. “Our offense (in the first set) was on fire and we were digging balls like crazy. Kendyl had seven kills, Maddie Russo had five and the defense behind that was awesome. We weren’t letting anything hit the ground. We were making really good plays, we were running our offense and playing like we should all the time.”

In the loss to Central Lakes, Wells had two aces, 17 assists, four kills and five digs; Austin had one ace, 10 kills and six digs; Caskey had six kills, six digs and one block; Megan Dominiak had two kills and two blocks; and Hawkins had one ace and four digs.

“To know we put up a good fight against Central Lakes … we can definitely come out in the 5-6 spot for sure. I’d love to see us there,” Lund said.