ST. PAUL – In the preseason Jordan head coach wanted to put his girls in pressure situations so they would be prepared for the late season matches when the season would be on the line. The playoff run of comebacks continued Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul when Jordan came back from down two sets to none to win 30-32, 26-28, 25-19, 25-22, 15-12 over Sauk Centre in the Class AA Quarterfinal.
Jordan would get a great performance from senior setter Emilee Gutzmer who set a school record with 64 set assists in the match and now has 1,097 for the season and set a single season record for Jordan. Also, Gutzmer had 9 kills and 16 digs in the win for the Jaguars. Another senior Kelsey Chambers finished with 31 kills and 33 digs and Paige Smith added 18 kills and two blocks in the victory.
The first set was tight all the way through with neither team having more than a three point lead at any point. In fact the first set saw 20 tie scores and 12 lead changes. The first big runs for each team would happen after the score was tied 7-7 when Sauk Centre would go on a 3-0 run after a kill from Macy Weller. Jordan would respond on the serve of Becca Pauly with a 6-0 run to make the score 13-10, Jordan. The Jaguars would lead 22-19 before a 5-1 run by Sauk Centre would force coach Geisel to use both of the teams timeouts with the score 24-23, Sauk Centre.
Jordan would get back-to-back kills from Kelsey Chambers to put the Jags up 25-24, which would be followed by a timeout from the Mainstreeters. Sauk Centre would get a kill from Macy Weller to tie the score back up at 25-25. Jordan would only get one more opportunity to win the set at 30-29, but a bad set to Kelsey Chambers would keep the Jags away from winning the set. It would take five opportunities for Sauk Centre to finally win the first set on a kill by Macy Weller to win 32-30.
The second set would be a little different as Jordan would get out a 9-5 lead, but once again Sauk Centre would continue to play solid and not make errors and force Jordan into some to tie the score 16-16. Sauk Centre would call a timeout with Jordan leading 20-17 and come out and get a kill by Macy Weller. The rest of the 5-0 run for Sauk Centre would be results of attacking errors from Jordan to make the score 22-20. The Jags would tie the score at 23-23, but service and attacking errors would prevent Jordan from having a chance to win the second set and it would end the same as the first set a Sauk Centre’s Macy Weller would put a kill down to put the Mainstreeters up two sets to none.
Jordan would respond in the third set by keeping their attacking errors to six and go on a 3-0 and 4-0 run late in the set to win 25-19. The fourth set would see Jordan fall down 4-1, but have the biggest run of the night for either team when Emilee Gutzmer served a 7-0 run for Jordan that included two aces to put Jordan up 8-4. But as they had in the early sets Sauk Centre would not go away and would come back to make the score 18-17, Jordan by doing the same mistake free volleyball that had gotten them the early lead. The Jags would respond with a 4-1 run with kills from Rachel Freund and Paige Smith to take a22-18 lead. The Jags would finish the fourth with a kill to win 25-22 and force a fifth set.
The fifth set would see Kelsey Chambers be part of the first five points to put Jordan up 3-2. Emilee Gutzmer would add another service ace to put Jordan up 5-2 and bring the first timeout from Sauk Centre. Jordan would keep the lead to 11-6 after a service ace by Hallie Anderson and bring another timeout from the Mainstreeters. Sauk Centre would respond with a 3-0 run to make the score 11-9, Jordan that would be finished by Emilee Gutzmer tip over kill. Two kills by Kelsey Chambers would finish off the fifth set and send Jordan into the Class AA Semifinals Friday night.
Macy Weller led Sauk Centre with 25 kills in the losing effort. Jordan’s libero Hannah Klegstad had 26 digs. Jordan survived 48 attacking errors and eight service errors in the win.
Jordan improves 21-10 on the season and will take on Stewartville Friday night at 7pm. You can hear that broadcast on 1350 AM KCHK and online at kchkradio.net.
By: Adam Bartels