Century's Hailey Fletcher gets a little nervous when she sees Jamestown across the net.
And for good reason. She grew up with many of the Blue Jays.
Fletcher looked cool, calm and collected in clubbing nine kills and putting up a team-best two blocks in Century's 3-0 sweep of Jamestown on Thursday night.
"I love them to death, but it gets me a little nervous every time I see them," said Fletcher, a junior. "It's usually ends up being fun and competitive. I'm glad to see them doing well too."
Fletcher and Julia Fitterer each had four kills in the competitive first set, won 25-22 by the Patriots. From there, the Century freight train could not be stopped as they closed out the sweep 25-13, 25-15. In their perfect 12-0 conference mark, the Patriots have dropped just two sets.
"Jamestown came out really strong and it was back and forth in the first set," Fletcher said. "We had a few shaky moments but we were able to pull it together in the end."
Jamestown came into the match riding high. The Blue Jays went 5-1 at the Fargo Tournament last weekend following a 3-1 win over West Region No. 2 Mandan. Thursday, however, they were unable to stem the tide.
"How we played tonight isn't where we've been at and that's the frustrating part," JHS head coach Sara Hegerle said. "We took some big steps forward a week ago. The girls have been working really hard in practice and things have been looking really good. With an inexperienced team you're going to have matches like this especially against a team that has lost two sets in the regular season."
The Patriots committed few errors of any kind. All-everything middle hitter Lauren Ware pounded a match-best 19 kills, but Fletcher and Fitterer teamed for 18 more and Ella Fridley and Megan Klein added fours kills apiece.
"We're starting to piece some things together, and with a young team like we have, we knew it'd be a work in progress, but things are looking good," Century coach Jamie Zastoupil said. "How we played tonight was really encouraging."
Century setters Mya Klein (25 assists) and Kaia Lill (20) spread the wealth effectively.
"We talked about that after the second set that our setters were doing a really good job dispersing the ball," Zastoupil said. "It's fun to see a lot of girls getting involved like that."
Courtney Peterson's 12 kills topped the Blue Jays, who fell to 9-7 in West Region matches. Kameron Selvig totaled 18 assists, six digs and three kills, while Rachel Schiele was credited with 16 digs for Jamestown, which hosts Watford City on Saturday.
"I don't think it's ever as bad as it seems or as good as it seems," Hegerle said. "Obviously we're disappointed with how we played tonight, especially the last two sets, but it's not like we need to go back to the drawing board. We just need to get back in the gym and keep working hard."
The Patriots march to the No. 1 seed continues Friday when they host Williston at 5:45 p.m.
"I think we're doing pretty well so far, but there's always things to improve on," Fletcher said. "Hopefully we can keep it going the rest of the season."