Bismarck came all the way back on Tuesday night.
Down 2-0 to Jamestown in the cozy confines of Knaak Gym, the Demons rallied for a 3-2 victory, taking the final three games 25-21, 25-20 and 15-10 to remain undefeated in West Region volleyball action.
“Our energy and enthusiasm, it just wasn’t where it usually is,” said senior middle blocker Callie Stonecipher. “We didn’t have it early, but we found it eventually. After beating Century, we knew this would be a big match and we were able to pull it out.”
Stonecipher and Kenzie Moser each had 13 kills for the Demons. Macy Wetsch, as usual, had another monster match with 20 kills, 18 digs and three aces.
“I’m just proud of the girls. When you get down 2-0 like that, it’s not easy to pick yourself up, but they did,” BHS co-coach Brianna Kline said. “We came out flat and scared. That’s not typically how we look. We just had to kind of regroup one step at a time.”
The Demons showed plenty of mettle late.
Tied 10-10 in the final set after four straight Jamestown points, the Demons closed the match in style.
Stonecipher, who sang the national before the game, had a big block. Mallory Henriksen had a key defensive play at 10-10. Henriksen dug the ball off the floor off a serve that clipped the net. Savanna Herslip made it 13-10 with a kill, followed by a Jamestown error. On match point, Olivia Dickerson banged home the clincher.
“Everybody picked it up. We were all doing what we needed to do for our team to have success,” Stonecipher said. “We were hoping to have a good season. I don’t think any of us expected to have it start this well, but it’s been so much fun. We just need to keep working hard and improving.”
The first game was all Jamestown. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back.
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The lead grew as high as 23-12 on a strong serving stretch by Addi Douty, including a pair of aces.
Jamestown took a 2-0 lead with a long 29-27 second-set win, but the Demons had chances to level the match at 1-1.
Bismarck had set-point at 24-22, 24-23, 25-24 and 27-26, but were unable to close it out. After two Grace Hegerle kills put Jamestown up 28-27, Alex Nihill lofted a perfectly placed serve into the hole to lift the Jays into a 2-0 lead.
“We knew it’d be a hard match. Jamestown runs all over the place," Kline said.
After failing to close out the second game, BHS found a way to do it in the third and fourth.
Tied 20-all in the third, Herslip and Wetsch put the Demons up 22-20. Two heavy jump serves in a row by Wetsch pushed the match to a fourth game with BHS posting a 25-21 win in the third.
Jamestown jumped out 7-4 in the fourth set, but the Demons came storming back, taking their first lead on a booming kill by Moser at 10-9.
Later, Wetsch connected for a kill from the left side and it was 23-18 BHS. After one of several Jamestown service errors in the match, Wetsch lofted a winner into the back left corner to force the decisive fifth game.
“I think we proved to ourselves we’re never out of it, no matter how rough it might look,” Stonecipher said. “We have another big match against Mandan on Thursday. Hopefully we’ll get started a little sooner in that one.”
Jessa Anderson led Jamestown's attack with 17 kills. Kameron Selvig filled the sheet with 38 assists, five kills, two aces and one block.