Jamestown volleyball advances to state semifinals

tjefferson@vagazette.com

Jamestown volleyball team’s season continues after a sweep in the 4A state quarterfinals.

Jamestown defeated Midlothian in straight sets in Saturday’s home matchup, 25-21, 25-10, 25-19.

Midlothian opened the game with a 10-6 lead in the first set, but after a Jamestown timeout, the Eagles settled in and jumped to a 20-16 advantage, which they never relinquished.

Jamestown head coach Tom Stephenson credited his team for cleaning up its mistakes in the first set.

“We eliminated some unforced errors from the first set, and I thought my servers stepped up,” Stephenson said.

The Eagles lost five starters from the 2016 state runner-up team but didn’t miss a beat on Saturday, using a balanced scoring attack.

Emma Schriner led the team with 17 kills. Sarah Jones collected 10 kills and Madison Pettengel added seven kills, three aces and 11 digs.

The Eagles jumped to an early lead in both the second and third sets.

Jamestown is seeking its third straight state final appearance. The team won its third straight regional championship (and ninth overall) with a 3-2 victory against Grafton in the 4A final.

“We’re always working on things. I would like to see us maintain our passing and defense which was good tonight and continue to diversify our offense,” Stephenson said.

After state semifinal appearances in 2013 and 2014, Grafton has fallen in the regional round the last two seasons. Grafton defeated Hanover in straight sets in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Jamestown won all three matchups against Grafton this season.

Semifinal results

Jamestown hosted Grafton in the semifinals Tuesday night, after the Gazette’s print deadline. For results, visit vagazette.com.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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