Female Athlete of the Week: VanVickle’s big game helps Pillager in a loss

Jordyn VanVickle.

Pillager volleyball found themselves down 21-10 in their second game Thursday, Sept. 5, against Sebeka.

Senior outside hitter Jordyn VanVickle answered the bell for the Huskies as she hit kill after kill in the front row as Pillager completed their comeback and won the second game 25-23.

The Huskies still lost to Sebeka in five sets, but VanVickle registered 20 kills and 26 digs nearly willing her team to a win.

“She is good at switching it up from the tip to the roll shot to hitting,” first year Pillager coach Nicole Bramer said of the senior. “She worked really hard this summer. She went to some camps and she did everything she could involving volleyball and it shows.”

VanVickle knows how hard she has worked to be the player she has become. She feels she has a really strong cross court hit.


“My setter gives me some really awesome sets that I can put down,” she said. “Also placing the ball is something I do well with.”

Bramer said VanVickle is a well-rounded player. Someone who can play the back row to go along with her play in the front row.

It was not just her offensive game that shone against Sekeba, but also her defensive game as she racked up 26 digs keeping her team alive for more chances to score.

“Her swing is probably her biggest contribution to the team,” Bramer said. “She is doing exactly what I was hoping she would do. She works hard every play. And she is getting the job done in the front row.

“She leads by example. If we are doing our physical workouts where some of the kids do not like doing that stuff she is going hard to improve her physicalness in the game. She’s a very coachable kid, too. It’s really nice to have a kid with her attitude on the team.”

Pillager has seven seniors on the team and they all contribute in the game. Senior setter Maggie Schmit netted 42 set assists and collected 18 digs and senior right-side hitter Danielle Kocur tallied 14 kills and 17 digs in the Huskies’ loss.

“It’s nice to have,” Bramer said of Pillager’s depth. “It’s cool to have such a powerful team with all those seniors.”

As a senior, VanVickle says there is not a lot of pressure to play in her final season. She wants to play normal and have a good year with her teammates.


VanVickle credits Schmit for giving her a lot of good sets and balls that she can take advantage of. Without a good setter like Schmit, VanVickle would not have the production she has had this early in the season.

“We have a really good relationship on the court,” VanVickle said. “I think we communicate well together, too. She is just an amazing athlete and can set the ball wherever I need and wherever she thinks and does a great job with that.”

VanVickle has high hopes for her squad this year and with all the seniors on the team she thinks the Huskies could have a good year.

“We worked all summer together and I think it’s carrying over well into this season and it’ll go well,” VanVickle said.

Other notable performances:
Volleyball: Catilyn Gutzman, Crosby-Ironton, served 14 ace serves and collected 50 digs in the Rangers 3-2 loss to Hill City. She also combined for 15 ace serves and 73 digs in the Pine City tournament.
Jacey Rydberg, Crosby-Ironton, netted 37 set assists and 13 digs in the Rangers 3-2 loss to Hill City. She also combined for 81 set assists, nine kills, nine blocks and 14 digs in the Pine City tournament.
Kate Bolz-Andolshek, Pequot Lakes, spiked 16 kills and collected 7 digs in the Patriots 3-1 win over Little Falls.
Taylor Jordan, Little Falls, got 29 set assists and 15 digs in the Flyers 3-1 loss to Pequot Lakes.
Danielle Kocur, Pillager, spiked 14 kills and collected 17 digs in the Huskies 3-2 loss to Sebeka.
Maggie Schmit, Pillager, netted 42 set assists and collected 18 digs in the Huskies 3-2 loss to Sebeka.
Tennis: Jenna Dvorak, Staples-Motley, went 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles in the Cardinals 5-2 win over Park Rapids.
Kami Athman and Katelyn Smude, Pierz, went 4-1 for the Pioneers at No. 2 doubles against Little Falls, Park Rapids and in the Pine City tournament.
Cross Country: Calia Chaney, Pequot Lakes, won the Pequot Lakes Invite in 20:46.01.
Kira Sweeney, Wadena-Deer Creek, won the Johanna Olson Invite in 19:49.3.
Kyanna Burton, Staples-Motley, won the MSU-Moorhead Dragon Twilight in 19:01.7.


Jordyn VanVickle

Year: Senior

School: Pillager

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Outside hitter

Highlights: 20 kills and 26 digs against Sebeka

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