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No. 1 Jamestown powers to three-set sweep over No. 13 Dakota Wesleyan

Tigers close in second and third sets but Jimmies earn sweep

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Dakota Wesleyan University's Mackenzie Miller hits around the defense of Jamestown's Aleah Zieske (14) during a match on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at the Christen Family Athletic Center. (Matt Gade / Republic)

No. 1-ranked Jamestown earned its 20th win of the season and remained undefeated Friday night with a three-set victory over No. 13-ranked Dakota Wesleyan in a Great Plains Athletic Conference match at the Christen Family Athletic Center. Set scores were 25-19, 26-24 and 25-23.

After Jamestown — national semifinalists in each of the last two seasons — pulled away midway through the first set, DWU took advantage of 12 Jamestown hitting errors in the second set to build a 20-12 lead, only to see the Jimmies score 11 of the final 13 points in the set to swipe a 2-0 lead.

In the third, DWU had its best hitting set of the night, with just three errors and a .286 hitting percentage. The Tigers were neck-and-neck with the Jimmies, including holding a 23-22 lead after a Taylee Indahl kill but Jamestown answered with three straight points to close out the match. The Jimmies (20-0, 9-0 GPAC) have lost just four sets in the first 20 matches of the season.

DWU was led by Ady Dwight's nine kills and seven total blocks, as the Tigers had one solo block and 16 assists in the match. Abby Brunsing had eight kills and Jade DeLange and Mackenzie Miller each had six. Madeline Else had 31 assists and Hanna Reiff had 15 digs.

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For Jamestown, Corina Huff had 13 kills, Kalli Hegerle had 12 and Anna Holen had 10 kills and 16 digs.

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DWU (16-4, 6-2 GPAC) is back in action at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, taking on the No. 10 ranked Flames.

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An 8-0 run by DWU capped by a Koln Oppold go-ahead 3-pointer gave the Tigers the final edge, as the Red Raiders put up just two points over the final 4 1/2 minutes of play.
The Tigers never trailed for the second game in a row, pulling ahead by as many as 18 points in the third quarter on the way to a road GPAC win.
"I think he truly felt like you were going to be rewarded for doing the right things," Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said of the legendary late Cougar football coach.