Jordan takes 3rd, Gutzmer sets state record 13 Nov 11

Jordan team with 3rd Place trophy

ST. PAUL – Smiles abounded for the Jordan Jaguars volleyball team as they defeated Wadena-Deer Creek for third place in Class AA 25-17, 26-24, 25-13 at the Xcel Energy Center. That’s not all that the Jags accomplished as senior Emilee Gutzmer set a new single season set assists record with 1,200 eclipsing the old mark held by Eden Prairie’s Courtney Cowles of 1,190 in 2004.

Emilee Gutzmer had 41 set assists and finishes 3,854 in her four-year career for Jordan and was named with Kelsey Chambers to the All-State Tournament team in Class AA. Chambers had 21 kills in the victory and another senior Paige Smith has 12 kills for Jordan.

Any fears of a slow start after the emotional loss on Friday night were quickly erased when Jordan would jump out to a 9-3 lead and force Wadena-Deer Creek into attacking errors. Jordan would go on a 5-0 run on the serve of Paige Smith later in the set to go up 19-10 thanks again to attacking errors from WDC. Jordan would finish off the first set with kills seniors from Kelsey Chambers and Paige Smith to win 25-17.

The second set would see 11 ties and seven lead changes and would be tight throughout with neither team taking more than three point lead at any point. The biggest run came late in the set when WDC went on a 4-0 run on the serve of Heather Tiesen with an ace to make the score 22-19, WDC. Jordan would find themselves down 24-21, before coming back and scoring the final five points of the set with three kills from Kelsey Chambers including the final two.

The Wolverines seemed to have the wind taken out of their sails after the second set as Jordan would be able to jump out to a 11-3 lead with Emilee Gutzmer serving a 7-0 run that included three aces. Gutzmer surpassed the old state record on a set to Kelsey Chambers to make the score 5-3 and unbeknownst to Gutzmer and most of the crowd at the time become the single season set assist record holder in Minnesota. Jordan would extend their lead to 15-5 and at that point Jordan head coach Jason Geisel would start to get in all the seniors realizing it was going to be their last set of their high school careers. Seniors like Natalie Storlie, Jenna Mikonowicz and Jenna Dietel would be subbed in to get a chance to play at state. The season would end for Jordan with a kill from sophomore Rachel Freund on a set from Emilee Gutzmer to give her 1,200 set assists on the season.

Jordan finishes the season 22-11.