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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.

Skills & Drills Camp

The UJ Campus Ministry recently held  a skills and drills camp on November 14th for the Jamestown community. The camp was available for a variety of age groups including 4 & 5 year olds 1-2:30pm, as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders 3-4:30pm finishing up with 4th,5th, and 6th grade from 5-630pm. The Skills and Drills Camp is one of many ways that the University of Jamestown uses to better connect with the community. Not only does it give college students the chance to lead, but it also is a time for the youth in the community to learn new things. Some may have been discouraged by the $15 price tag for the camp, however it helps knowing that the proceeds will be donated to charity. This camp and future events similar to this are ways that Jimmies can come together to bring good to the community. An event like this that allows student athletes to participate and engage with the community, allows for each student athlete to get work experience. For those that want to be in leadership roles and coach in the future this was a perfect event to help gain experience. As a school we would like to thank everyone that was involved with the camp as they did a fantastic job. If you weren’t able to make it to the skills and drills camp and want to be involved with events like this in the future. Please make sure to get in contact with the Campus Ministry department. Kirstie Dobson is the Director of Campus Ministry and Pastoral Care Coordinator.

An Inside Look at Jimmie Hockey

Anticipation rose for the first Jimmies Hockey game, at the Wilson Arena on Thursday night. With new talent and fresh faces of 4 new freshmen playing for the D1 team this year, such as Philippe Lessard and Mario Decapite, among familiar faces, with the likes of our goalie Tyson Brouwer and our Captain this year, Jason Richter. The season started off with the Jimmies’ first game against Minot State, with an exciting first period. No goals were conceived, and none scored, but that didn’t portray the level of competition displayed by both teams in the exciting first period.

The second period is where things got interesting. Canadian Sophomore, Greg Susinski, scored the first goal of the game and the first goal of the Jimmies hockey season in this case, giving the Jimmies a 1-0 lead against the Beavers.

Minot State came back scoring the tiebreaker, followed closely by another goal, meaning the Jimmies were 2-1 down at the end of the second period.

Hope was slowly diminishing for the Jimmies, until Greg Susinski scored the sensational tying goal, with 12.2 seconds remaining of the third period. This led to overtime, when unfortunately, the Beavers claimed the game within the first few minutes, resulting in a 3-2 win to Minot State.

This is only the beginning of the season for the D1 Hockey team, with so much potential and talent, there is no doubt that they will have a successful season.

The next home game is against Midland University on October 15th, where talent and determination will definitely be displayed.

Womens Volleyball Set to Make Another Run at a National Championship


The University of Jamestown Women’s Volleyball team is poised for a huge season after finding massive success in last year’s regular season and playoffs but ended up falling short in the Final Four losing to Midland in five sets. The 2021 team has many new faces, but also only graduated two seniors from last year so the continuity is still there for the Jimmies. Last season there was only 1 loss on the Jimmie ledger and it was in straight sets to University of Northwestern- St. Paul. It let the rest of the NAIA Volleyball world know this Jimmies team could be defeated. 

This season is no different, the Jimmies are undefeated led by Kali Hagerle who last year came off one of her best seasons as she was selected to the First team all GPAC outside hitter and captain of the squad.  

This fall in GPAC play the Jimmies will face the team that denied them their national championship hopes last season in the Midland Warriors who the Jimmies never lost to last season in GPAC play and look to continue that success this year. 

In the opening coaches poll for women’s volleyball the Jimmies received the No. 2 overall ranking in the country. When polls come out often times young inexperienced teams shudder and struggle with that pressure, not this team.The Jimmies have played exceptional volleyball posting an 11-0 record and 2-0 in conference. It has been utter domination for the Jimmies, out of the first eleven matches so far only one has gone to an additional set, and that was against the No. 8 team in the nation Northwestern and the Jimmies won that match in five sets winning the 5th set 15-12. 

The Jimmies are finally playing a home match this week as they take on another tough opponent in the Dordt Defenders who are coming into this match No. 5 in the country. The Jimmie women look to dominate the GPAC this season and continue their win streak.