UJ Women’s Volleyball Season Recap
The Jimmies of University of Jamestown’s women’s volleyball team had a season to remember. The Jimmies started off the preseason 9-0, losing zero sets. However, once they entered conference play, their first regular season match was a different story. The Jimmies played Northwestern College in Iowa and ended up playing a five set match. This was something the Jimmies hadn’t faced during preseason, but they pulled out a win. The next 17 games played were within the GPAC, with the exception of Valley City State. The Jimmies went on to win all 17 games, losing a mere two sets. They were ranked #1 in the country throughout this time.
The Jimmies came out as regular season GPAC champions and remained #1. The Jimmies were eager to win a third straight conference championship, and they did just that with a sweep of Concordia University. Jamestown went into nationals as the top ranked team. In the first round of nationals, the Jimmies played McPherson College at the Harold Newman Arena and came out with a sweep. A week later, the Jimmies headed to Sioux City, Iowa, for a chance at a national championship. The Jimmies won their pool, beating Texas Wesleyan and Indiana Wesleyan. They moved onto the elite 8, who they swept as well. In the semifinals, they met up with #4 Park University. Park University had a three time NAIA player of the year, who had played on the Egyptian Olympic team in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. The Jimmies played tough, but they ended up losing in the national semifinals, forcing their season to come to a close just one game short of the chance to win a national championship.
Although the season did not end the way the Jimmies had hoped, they have much to be proud of. The Jimmies ended the season with a 35-1 record, losing just 9 sets out of 106. They were GPAC regular season champions for the second year in a row, GPAC tournament champions for the third year in a row, and one of the top four teams in the nation for the third year in a row as well. One loss does not define a season, and it sure did not for the Jimmies of University of Jamestown. The Jimmies have made Jamestown proud.