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Jimmies men's volleyball stays perfect with sweep over UC Merced

Feb. 1—JAMESTOWN — The No.13-ranked University of Jamestown men's volleyball team's response to timeouts made the difference in a sweep over the University of California-Merced (25-23, 25-15, 26-14) on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Harold Newman Arena.

"I feel like it slows down the other team, let's us cool off, calm down a little bit and come back level headed and keep playing well as a team," Jimmies freshman Caydann Cox said.

The Bobcats (0-2) opened the first set on fire and got out to a quick 7-2 lead. The Jimmies responded though to take their first lead of the day at 11-10. The teams went back and forth from there over the next few points before the Jimmies called a timeout down 22-20.

The timeout did its job as the Jimmies scored five of the next six points to get the 25-23 first-set win.

"That's the key, get into rhythm and serve, receive, pass, got a little bit better and then second set it really picked up," Jimmies head coach Travers Cox said. "They made a bunch of changes (in the) third set and we had to figure things out because all of a sudden they started throwing different players in there."

The second set started out the complete opposite with the Jimmies (4-0) taking an 8-2 lead before the Bobcats had to fight back. The Bobcats went on a run to cut the deficit to 11-7 but that was when the similarities between the first and second sets would end as the Jimmies' Caylor Cox smashed one off a Bobcat to push his team in front 12-7. The Jimmies were able to keep it up from there, sprinting to an 18-8 lead before the Bobcats attempted to fight back 23-14. However, it was too late as the Jimmies were able to get the 25-15 second-set win.

The way that the Bobcats were playing for most of the third set the match appeared to be destined for a fourth set as they responded to every Jimmies run with runs of their own. The Bobcats took an early 13-9 lead, drawing a Jimmies timeout.

After the timeout, the Jimmies cut the deficit to 16-14 before the Bobcats pushed the lead back to 17-14. The Jimmies responded again, cutting their deficit to 18-17. The back and forth continued from there as the Bobcats forced the Jimmies into another timeout down 21-18.

The Jimmies turned it on from there to take a 24-23 lead, drawing a Bobcats timeout. The visitors tied the set before the Jimmies turned to Gaven Hackley to give his team the 26-24 third-set win.

"It was OK," Travers said. "We were back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Those are kind of games that are nail biters which is good. They made some adjustments with their lineups which threw us off in the first. When you make teams start making those adjustments, we have to make adjustments and all of a sudden you have a new outside, a new right side, a new setter and it was kind of 'uh things just changed' and now it's a guessing game. It's like playing chess and if we keep winning 27-25, that means we're winning the chess game. I can handle that."

The Jimmies are back in action at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, when they host Calumet College of St. Joseph.

UCM 0, UJ 3

UCM: 23 15 24 — 0

UJ: 25 25 26-3

Kills leaders:

UCM: Ryan Kilgore 9, Jared Guglielmana 8, Colin Ryan 4

UJ: Caydann Cox 12, Tomasz Swiderski 9, Caylor Cox 6

Assists leaders:

UCM: Nathan Campbell 14, Toby Miller 12, Sebas Moreno 2

UJ: Gabriel Ocasio 14, Gaven Hackley 13, Cayl Cox 3

Aces leaders:

UCM: Moreno 1

UJ: Hackley 1, Sebastian Ignaczak 1