Jordan head coach Jason Geisel said that he wanted some players to step up. Well after Tuesday nights non-conference victory over #3AA Belle Plaine 25-20, 17-25, 25-23, 25-18 he got step up performances from senior Paige Smith and sophomore Rachel Freund. The attackers for Jordan were extremely effective throughout the night and helped take the pressure off of the state leader in kills, Kelsey Chambers. In a raucous Belle Plaine high school gym Jordan for the second time in a row defeated Belle Plaine.
The first set didn’t start the way Jordan wanted as Belle Plaine’s Kirsten Johnson served the first five points for the Tigers thanks to bad passing from Jordan and poor execution, which forced an early timeout from the Jaguars. Jordan would answer back with a four point run to make the score 5-4, Belle Plaine. The score would stay close in the first set until a huge 5-0 run that made the score 17-12 for Jordan and would hold off a late rally from Belle Plaine to take the first set 25-20.
Set two would showcase Belle Plaine’s attacking hydra of players senior Abby Wolpern, juniors Haley Fogarty and Kirsten Johnson as the Tigers jumped out to a 10-5 lead. Only during one run did Jordan get the score under four points in the second set to make it 20-17 in Belle Plaine’s favor. The Tigers would quickly squash any comeback after coach Cassie Wolpern called a time out to get the team sorted and they would win the second set 25-17 to tie the match at 1-1.
The most entertaining set would be third as it saw huge momentum swings in a always vital set. After another early 4-0 start by Belle Plaine that put Jordan in another early deficit they would quickly rally back thanks to a 4-0 run of their own to tie the set a 6-6. Belle Plaine would have another big run of 6-1 to put them up 13-8 and would hold that lead until Jordan had a huge run. With Kelsey Chambers in the back row Jordan would go on a 7-0 run with libero Hannah Klegstad serving thanks to kills from Paige Smith, Rachel Freund and senior Megan Johnson to give them a 22-19 lead. Belle Plaine would not go quietly as they would make it a one point set three times including 24-23 before Jordan would seal the deal and win the third set 25-23.
Jordan would start off with a big lead to begin the fourth set as they tried to finish off Belle Plaine with a 7-3 lead. Once again though Belle Plaine would show their toughness and why they are ranked #3 in Class AA by slowing taking away the lead from Jordan until they lead 13-12. That’s when Jordan would go on a 6-1 run with the only point Belle Plaine getting in that span being a service error from Jordan to make the score 18-14. That would be as close as the match would get as the blocking from Jordan would force Belle Plaine into shots they didn’t want and hitting errors would doom the Tigers. Jordan would seal the deal on a Paige Smith kill just past the 10-foot line on the left side to give the Jaguars their biggest win of the season.
Belle Plaine falls to 8-3 on the season and will host Watertown-Mayer Thursday night. Jordan improves to 6-5 on the season and hosts LeSueur-Henderson Thursday night at 7:30pm in a match that can be heard on Oldies 95.5 FM KRDS and online at kchkradio.net.
By: Adam Bartels